Evan Turner Wants the Sixers to Face Chicago in the Playoffs

by April 26, 2012

On the final day of the NBA’s regular season (can you believe it’s already almost over), the Philadelphia Sixers are currently the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. That’s where Evan Turner wants them, since it’d give Philly a shot at the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Playoffs. Per the Daily Herald: “Philadelphia guard Evan Turner is the rare player who answered the question, ‘Which team would you rather play in the next round of the playoffs?’ […] ‘I think we’ll be able to compete well against Chicago and have an opportunity to win the series,’ he said. ‘It means we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think.’ The alternative is No. 2 seed Miami, and the Sixers are 1-11 the last two years against the Heat, so it’s tough to argue with Turner’s opinion. Before playing Milwaukee on Wednesday, 76ers coach Doug Collins said his team was already planning to fly from Detroit to Chicago late Thursday night, in preparation for Game 1 at the United Center on Saturday. Alas, nothing was settled Wednesday. Philadelphia beat the Bucks, who rested most of their starters. New York beat the Clippers, so the Knicks and Sixers remain tied for 7th place in the East. New York holds the tiebreaker, so a Philadelphia loss at Detroit on Thursday would guarantee a Bulls-Sixers matchup. The Knicks play at Charlotte (7-58), which is trying to avoid a 23-game losing streak and the worst winning percentage in NBA history.”