If you take away the 20 minutes he played against Sacramento on Sunday, rookie guard Evan Turner has played a total of 19 minutes in the past four games, including none against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
To his credit, Turner's outlook hasn't appeared to change. He is very upbeat in the locker room, at practice and during games. Is there a certain amount of frustration building up in him? If there wasn't would that be normal? After all, he was the second overall pick and the national college player of the year. If it didn't bother Turner, then it would be really time for Sixers' fans to worry.
Coach Doug Collins has seemed to trim his bench a little as the season comes to its end. Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young are getting a bulk of the minutes off the bench, with Andres Nocioni getting the minutes that Turner usually gobbled up. Collins' reasoning is that he likes Nocioni's toughness and his experience. Mostly, it's the experience, though. When push comes to shove at playoff time, Collins probably will side with the experience of Nocioni over Turner, but maybe not.
I think these last seven games might be a audition for Turner, should Collins get him back in the rotation a bit. What Nocioni holds over Turner in toughness and experience, Turner certainly has the edge in athleticism, and if he gets his rebounding groove back, that's another advantage he has.