What is wrong with Hedo Turkoglu?

After tonight’s disheartening game-three loss to the Sixers, Stan Van Gundy went out of his way to say good things about Hedo Turkoglu in the post-game press conference. Van Gundy said he had confidence in Turkoglu, he’s going to continue to give him the ball, and he’s going to keep running the offense through him. If the Magic are going to win this series, he may want to re-think that strategy. Turk struggled for the third consecutive game, hitting 2 of 12 shots and turning the ball over five times. Turkoglu, who’s shooting 23.3 percent for the series, missed two lay-ups in the final minute, including an awkward attempt where he focused on initiating contact with Samuel Dalembert instead of putting the ball in the basket. That was a common theme – worrying about the contact instead of focusing on the hoop. And oh yeah, on defense, he let Andre Iguodala score 29 points and get to the free-throw line 13 times. The Magic were a more effective team when playing Mickael Pietrus, who was a crucial part of the Magic’s comeback from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Pietrus hit two big 3s and provided some resistance to Iguodala. I like Turk, but the Magic are an incredibly flawed team with him as the primary facilitator right now. While I originally thought Turkoglu’s problem was either rust or the gimpy ankle, it’s starting to look like Iguodala’s athleticism is giving Turkoglu major problems that can’t be fixed by doing the same old thing. In game two, the Magic were able to stave off Philly’s comeback attempt by running several sets through Courtney Lee. He may be a rookie, but it’s time to give him an even bigger role. The Magic don’t really have any other choice.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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