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Sunday, December 22, 2013

76ers' Evan Turner suffering from knee soreness

By on 12/22/2013 07:18:00 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Friday night and were lead by Evan Turner's 29 points, 10 rebounds and game-winning basket.  The next night against the Timberwolves, he was a completely different player, making just 2-of-15 shots from the floor.  He looked like he was laboring up and down the court.

 As reported by Dei Lynam of, Turner is suffering from right knee soreness, the 76ers said on Sunday. It's bad enough that he would be questionable if the 76ers played tonight.  Fortunately, their next game isn't until next Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. Coach Brett Brown isn't worried about Turner being able to play on Saturday.

“It is nothing to be concerned about. He played a lot of minutes the night before in a tough win and he had a great game. But yes, he did pull up lame.”
Turner shows signs of being a great player, then has games that leaves people scratching their heads.  Turner's goal the last couple of seasons has been to be more consistent, yet it still eludes him.

Turner was found sitting on the bench watching his teammates in shooting drills after practice. He was waiting for Hollis Thompson to finish so he could get some one-on-one work with him.

“For me, game-time situations definitely helps.  It gets me in a game rhythm. I learn what I can do with each shot, make or miss. One day, when I was a rookie, [Andre] Iguodala and I played and it made the game so much easier for both of us."
Turner is in his fourth season out of Ohio State.  His playing time and scoring have increased every season in the league. Last year, Turner averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. This season, he is averaging 19.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4 assists per game, on 43.9 percent shooting from the floor.


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