It was only one game, a game the Sixers are frankly going to lose nine out of ten times, but as always, there were both good and bad (or if you're an optimist, teachable) moments in the blowout loss against Oklahoma City.
As we all know, the Sixers only have two ball-handlers even capable of steering an NBA offense for more than a possession or two. One is the starting point guard and unfortunately, the other one is the starting small forward (weird team, huh?). So obviously Doug Collins has to stagger Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner's minutes if the team has any chance of staying competitive, even though this exercise defeats the main long-term goal of evaluating how these two players develop on the court together. But hey, it is what it is.
Above is video of two plays early in last night's second quarter when Holiday was on the bench and Turner was running things. Again, it was only one game, but against OKC the Sixers were decent when Holiday was on the floor (105 ORtg) and really bad when Turner was on the floor (55 ORtg), a crazy contrast considering they spent a decent amount of their time playing together. And these numbers were actually pretty indicative of their play, with Jrue having moments of brilliance and Turner struggling the whole game. Did I mention it was only one game?
The video shows two plays of Turner-led offense last night that I didn't like. And the concerning aspect from these plays is that from time to time, Turner simply takes too long getting the Sixers into their sets. I wouldn't even call this a trend, because it's more appropriately characterized as an occasional bad habit. But Turner taking too long is starting to happen enough to where it has become a nuisance. I call this phenomenon being a "delayed initiator," because I like big words.
Evan Turner, Delayed Initiator
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