Another thing that occurred to me watching Turner was that him not being a knock-down 3 point shooter isn't nearly as problematic as you might think. I mean for one thing he's not AWFUL at it, but that's not my point. It's that when you have his midrange shooting (particularly off the dribble) and his post turn-around jumper, combined with his energy/movement, as long as his teammates understand how to react to him with proper off-ball movement, spacing, and when picks when he doesn't have the ball, it's not going to be that defenses just pack it in and ET stands stationary on the 3 point wing all the time. It might happen on some plays designed for action for other Pacers, but for the most part you can always have him either moving around the floor or playing with the live dribble and if the team is on the same page they will NOT make it easy for a defense to guard them, despite him not being a sharpshooter.
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Gasol on the Pacers:
"Sometimes it's unconsciously, but you're kind of waiting for the regular season to go by to get to the real thing, which is the playoffs," he said. "But to really be successful in the playoffs, you have to really set the groundwork during the season and put yourself in a position where you're ready for the playoffs. It's really important. But it is difficult to do when you've won championships. It's easier when you've lost and you're trying to get back there. That frustration and that anger is inside you. I think the Pacers, being close last year, they have a great opportunity this year and they look pretty hungry. I think they'll stay hungry the rest of the year."
From Holder: Pacers still have urge to get top seed
But we'd logically only want to keep him from Miami if we thought he had something left in the tank. Why would we care if he went to Miami if we felt that he was finished? If we think that he can help Miami, then it means that he can also help us.
Yeah, we're keeping Bynum only to keep him from Miami, so much so that we're getting ready to put him in the intro video:
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When it comes to Scola I completely agree with Anthem. His elbow seems to be still hurting him. Luis was always a great shooter. He couldn't just lose it if it wasn't for an injury that is making it tough for him. Therefore, let's rest him a bit and give his elbow time to recuperate. It would be nice to see what we have in Copeland and Lavoy as well.
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So are we really going with ET in this forum. I hope we gravitate towards Evan or just Turner. Not ET.
I noticed that Turner has slow lateral speed when it comes to defending Players. I noticed that if he is caught out of position and the Player he is defending attacks the basket....he tries to recover but is often too slow to get in front of him. I'm guessing that this is just a part of the reality that he's not that great at recovering....but I assume that Hibbert/Mahinmi/Bynum will be able to rush to his side to help defend the dribble penetration.
I don't like it...but I'm guessing that is what Team Defense is all about....backing each other up when it comes to how the defense should be run.
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The good is that he won't go for the stupid pump fake of Wade and he can hit contested 20 footers on Battier, Lebron or Wade. I think everyone will be very happy that he can hit that shot in multiple offensive sets.
Turner will be the third defender in line on Lebron or Wade so I don't think it will be as big of a problem as the Sixers tape. Now if he loses Ray Allen on the 3 point line then thats another story but I am less worried that he will get burned by Beasley or Allen who he will probably be guarding in the playoffs wants the rotations shorten up.
Let's go deeper with the reference. Call him 'Ouch'.
It *IS* kinda the perfect nickname guys.
I don't mean to be rude or disrespectful towards him, I happily cheer him on as a Pacer.
But the dude does have a very unique sounding voice.