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Evan Turner claims Kyle Korver 'can't guard to save his life'
2014-12-04

Their inability to close games has translated into eight losses in their last nine games, punctuated by the Atlanta Hawks' 23-point comeback on Tuesday night.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens stopped short of calling his team soft, but he might as well have during a self-described "broken record" of a postgame session. "When it comes easy, we've been good," he told reporters after the 109-105 loss. "When it gets tough, we haven't. It's a pretty simple formula."

And, yet, here is Evan Turner complaining about Kyle Korver's defense in Wednesday's Boston Globe.

They started pressuring and its tough to score when you have two hands inside your jersey as well, he said. At the s ame time, I got a foul call on Korver and they said I pushed him and tripped him and he just fell. He cant guard to save his life and hes grabbing Marcus Thornton and hes grabbing me and he has no business being in the game on the defensive end but what can you possibly do if theyre allowed to have their hands on you?

Just a hunch, but Stevens might suggest Turner return that physicality on the other end.

Regardless, it's never a good look when a player blames one more choke job in a string of choke jobs on jersey-clutching a savvy tactic adopted by any number of veterans over the years especially when Korver torched the Celtics for 24 points on nine shots to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Oh, and, as Peachtree Hoops rightly notes, the Hawks switched Korver onto Rajon Rondo down the stretch.

It's also fairly comical that Turner is the one to claim Korver "has no business being in the game on the defensive end," since the former No. 2 overall pick has never been lauded for his own defense. The Celtics currently rank 27th in defensive rating, allowing 110.3 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball Reference, and that number is more than three points worse with Turner on the court (113.7). For the most part, those numbers are consistent with his career in Philadelphia and Indiana as well.

In addition to their defensive woes, nobody on the Celtics has proven capable of creating his own offense when the NBA game gets tight in the fourth quarter. Rondo facilitates, Jeff Green excels in transition and Jared Sullinger either hangs out at the 3-point line or cleans up offensive rebounds. Ironically, Turner was their best option down the stretch on Tuesday, and that suggests bigger issues than a jersey tug or two.




Charlotte Bobcat’s vs. the Orlando Magic first round NBA Playoffs matchup.
2010-04-23

After getting its first Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US NFL Betting Picks taste of postseason play last Sunday in Orlando, the Charlotte Bobcats will try to even up its best-of-seven series against the Magic in Game 2 on Wednesday night at Amway Arena. NBA odds look long for the Bobcats. This young Bobcats franchise made its playoff debut against a strong Orlando club in Game 1, the squad appeared to be a little overwhelmed by the moment in the early going. Charlotte trailed by 11 after the first quarter as the Magic offense put 31 points on the board. By halftime, Orlando had extended its lead to 16 as it took a 59-43 advantage into the break. After the home club scored the first six points of the second half, the visitors began to climb back into the contest. Charlotte reeled off the next ten points to cut the margin down to 12 midway through the third quarter. Down 76-66 entering the final period, the Bobcats were within striking distance with 12 minutes to play. Charlotte ultimately pulled to within four points at 83-79 with just under four minutes left but would get no closer. The defending Eastern Conference champions were able to come away with a 98-89 victory to open up the series. Guard Jameer Nelson provided an unexpected spark with a sparkling 32-point effort to pace the Magic. He was glad to be healthy heading into this postseason after missing most of last year's playoffs due to an injury. Forward Rashard Lewis added 19 points for Orlando. Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace delivered a big performance in a losing cause with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Three-point shooting was one of the big differences in the contest. While Charlotte only connected on three long range shots, Orlando nailed 13 trifectas in the victory. The Magic also used its defense to its advantage in the victory by forcing 14 turnovers. While Orlando star center Dwight Howard had a quiet offensive night with just five points, he created some havoc in the middle on the other end of the floor with nine blocked shots. And if there is one thing you can bet on basketball in the NBA, Howard will be a force to be reckoned with in every game.


With only 13 road wins during the regular season, Charlotte will be hard pressed to gain a victory away from home against an elite squad in this series. A big key to any upset hopes will be veteran guard Stephen Jackson. When he was acquired early in the season from Golden State, the Bobcats were just 3-9. As it turned out, Jackson's arrival provided a major spark as the club went 41-29 the rest of the way. Jackson ended up leading the club in scoring at 21 points per outing. Wallace (18 points, 10 rebounds per game during regular season) is the club's other significant offensive threat. Charlotte's biggest asset might be on the sidelines. Bobcats head coach Larry Brown is in the NBA Playoffs with his eighth different club. He has taken two different franchises all the way to the NBA Finals and won a championship six years ago with the Detroit Pistons. With an NCAA title on his resume as well, Brown is the only head coach to win championships in college hoops and the NBA.After a strong second half of the season, Orlando is a confident squad heading into this postseason. Orlando is now 35-7 at home during the 2009-10 campaign after Sunday's victory.  Howard (18 points, 13 rebounds per game during regular season) is the focal point of the squad in the middle. While he is still evolving as an offensive player, Howard's defensive presence is overwhelming at times. He was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in rebounding and blocked shots during the regular season. After the free agent departure of Hedo Turkoglu during the summer, Orlando worked a deal with New Jersey to bring in veteran guard Vince Carter (17 points per game during regular season). While he is no longer a dominant offensive force, Carter is still capable of getting hot at various times throughout a particular game. Lewis (14 points per game during regular season) is the club's top long range shooter. Head coach Stan Van Gundy is trying to recapture last season's playoff success again. He has done a nice job of incorporating some new players onto this year's roster. Can the Bobcat’s pull off a victory in this series? Get over to www.sportsbook.com and place your bets now.