76ers’ Evan Turner says Bulls won’t go away quietly
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com May 6, 2012 8:30PM
Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four
Updated: June 8, 2012 8:15AM
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner didn’t do much to endear himself to Bulls fans when he insisted the Bulls were a better first-round playoff matchup for him and his teammates than the Miami Heat would have been.
Now Turner is hoping to back up those words by helping the 76ers finish off the Bulls with a victory Tuesday in Game 5 at the United Center. The 76ers lead the series 3-1 after their 89-82 victory Sunday in Game 4.
According to Turner, saying he wanted to face the Bulls in the first round was the easy part. Sending them home for the summer, that’s going to take some extra work.
‘‘They’re prideful people, so you always expect that type of fight,’’ Turner said. ‘‘They’re going to come back with a different strategy, they’re going to be at home and they’re going to try and make a last push of it. You have to just keep competing.’’
While Turner didn’t acknowledge the Bulls are a much different team than they were at the start of the series, especially with Derrick Rose done for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and Joakim Noah out Sunday with a sprained left ankle, he said he noticed a different attitude from them in their latest loss.
‘‘I mean, they definitely fought,’’ Turner said. ‘‘They were trying to get more aggressive defensively, trying to get into you more, hold you a little bit more, but that’s
pretty much it.’’
The Bulls held Turner to a series-low nine points in Game 4. Nonetheless, he is averaging 14 points in the series.
As far as whether the pressure
of the playoff stage will start to catch up with him, not a chance. According to Turner, he and teammate Jrue Holiday were laughing about all their missed shots during Game 4.
‘‘We were talking the entire game, ‘Man, we can’t buy a bucket.’ We were laughing it off,’’ Turner said.
When asked about ‘‘laughing it off’’ with so much at stake, he said: ‘‘What’s the pressure? I mean, when certain situations occur, you can just laugh at them.’’