Thursday, April 26, 2012

Evan Turner says Bulls are a better matchup for the Sixers

The NBA playoffs are right around the corner and we've already had our first brush with controversy. Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner basically admitted that the Sixers are trying to dodge the Miami Heat so that they'll get a first round matchup with the Chicago Bulls because Turner says Miami is the tougher team. Turner feels that if they get Chicago in the first round they have a better chance of winning.

In a story that appeared in the Delaware County Daily Times, Chicago native and Sixers’ guard Evan Turner thinks the Sixers would rather play the Bulls because, “It means we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think." The better team, of course, being the Heat?

“We will be able to compete well against Chicago and have an opportunity to win the series,” he said.

“We probably match up better against them even though they are, by far, the best team in the East,” Turner said. “We match up better with them with our personnel, so you never know.”

The Bulls didn't seem to bite at the comments but Kyle Korver did call the comments "flammatory".

“Well, all right,” he said. “I’m not going to get into a war of words with Evan Turner.

“Come play us. Our goal’s to win a championship. We don’t care who we play—first round, second round, third round—we want to go through everybody. That’s our mindset. We don’t want to go around anybody. We’ve got the one seed and we’re ready for whoever’s eighth.”

Center Joakim Noah didn't put much stock in Turner's comments.

"That's cool," Joakim Noah told reporters in Indianapolis.

“Why doesn't it bother me? At the end of the day you've got to go out there and play the game, so we're only worried about us right now and we'll worry about Evan Turner when we need to worry about Evan Turner, if ... God willing.”

The way the Sixers played after their quick start (20-8), they shouldn't be worrying about seeing who they match up with better. They should concentrate on playing better basketball to be in a position to beat the Bulls. 

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