The Orlando Magic waited several weeks for Hedo Turkoglu to regain an attacking mentality on offense.
He found it on the Magic's recently completed five-game road trip. Turkoglu averaged 16.2 points on 51.8 percent shooting — a significant improvement for a player who had been reluctant to look for his own shot.
Turkoglu concluded the road swing on a high note, scoring eight of the Magic's 14 overtime points in a 93-89 win Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. He also hit the final go-ahead basket, a 20-footer from in front of the Bucks' bench with a minute remaining in the extra period.
"I've always been in this situation in my career, especially with the Magic," Turkoglu said. "They just have confidence in me. I just keep myself ready until that time and when the time comes, I just try to make a play."
Coach Stan Van Gundy and center Dwight Howard want Turkoglu to continue to look for his own shot.
"He just has to be aggressive every night," Howard said. "It can't just be once in a while. We want him to attack. We put the ball in his hands for a reason. He just has to have confidence in himself and his game and make a good shot for himself or for other people."
Hedo Turkoglu's aggressiveness on offense a plus for the Magic
Orlando Sentinel | Mar 18