Archive: December, 2010
Video: CineSport's Noah Coslov chats with the Daily News' Bob Cooney about Jodie Meeks' spot in the rotation, what it means for Evan Turner, and the next stretch of five games.
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After struggling the past four games, rookie Evan Turner has been removed from the starting lineup, coach Doug Collins said today after the team's shootaround in Atlanta.
Collins said that either Andres Nocioni or Jodi Meeks would step into the starting lineup tonight. Collins said that he wanted Turner to come off the bench and handle the ball more with the second group.
Turner has made just 2 of his last 14 shots and scored 7 points in his past four games.
The Sixers have many problems - not exactly startling news for a team that is currently 5-13. But the biggest one of all right now is that rookie Evan Turner, this year's second overall pick, is finding it hard to be a productive player when he is on the court with Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala missed five full games this season with tendonitis in his right Achilles. During that time, Turner stepped into the starting lineup and showed glimpses of why he was taken No. 2.
Let's take a look at the numbers: In the five games with Iguodala sidelined, Turner shot 23-for-51 (45 percent) and grabbed 8.2 rebounds. The numbers were a direct result of Turner's activeness on the court and confidence.