Banged-up Evan Turner will play vs. Suns

Banged-up Evan Turner will play vs. Suns

Brown on Turner sitting vs. Suns: 'It was my decision'

December 28, 2013, 7:00 pm

Evan Turner, who's leading the Sixers in scoring with 19.3 points per game, will play tonight against the Suns. (USA Today Images)

UPDATE 8 p.m.: Evan Turner will not play (see story).

PHOENIX -- After not participating in the Sixers' morning shootaround, Evan Turner will play tonight when the Sixers tip off against the Suns at 9 p.m. (see game notes).

“He is OK, he’s not great,” coach Brett Brown said following the morning shootaround. “He didn’t do anything today. He had a really good practice yesterday. He was hurting this morning. He did not go through anything, but he’ll play tonight. But he did sit out today’s shootaround for a reason.”

Turner didn't injure the knee on any particular play in the Sixers' overtime win against the Nets last Friday in which he played 47 minutes, although he said it was sore. He played 33 minutes the following night in the Sixers' 116-106 loss to the Bucks.

“And then he was half-baked in Milwaukee,” Brown said. “He has put out two good sessions practice-wise, but he has pulled up a little bit lame so he chose to sit down, and I think that is a wise thing.”

Turner is the team's leading scorer, averaging 19.3 points. He's also pulling down 6.6 rebounds per game and handing out 4.0 assists. He's played in all 28 games this year after starting all 82 games last season. He has only missed five games in his career.

The Sixers are playing the first of five consecutive road games against the Western Conference.