The Sixers lost their first game of the Summer League in Orlando today, 89-80, to the Oklahoma City Thunder as rookie Evan Turner struggled again, shooting just 1-for-6 from the field and scoring four points. He committed six fouls in his 27-plus minutes and still seems a step slow.
Coach Doug Collins and general manager Ed Stefanski both said they are not surprised by Turner's slow start. Both point to the fact that he hasn't played organized basketball since his Ohio State team was ousted in the NCAA Tournament in late March. Playing in games was not recommended to Turner by his handler for fear of injury.
As much as Turner has struggled, his backcourt mate, Jrue Holiday, has shined. Holiday posted 25 points and five assists yesterday. He is absolutely oozing with confidence and is shooting the ball extremely well and getting to the basket with relative ease. He is as quick as any point guard down here and is much stronger than most. His ability to finish around the basket has been very impressive.
Holiday knows what Turner is going through. "I went through it last year down here," he said. "We lost all five games by 15 to 30 points and I felt like I really struggled. It's something completely new. We're just going to try to get him some easy baskets to get him going and get the confidence that he can start knocking down shots."