Celestand on the Sixers' struggling defense
In his last seven games, Evan Turner has shot only 36 percent from field-goal range. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers are struggling to say the least, losing seven straight games and 11 of their last 12.
But they are also looking like the team we thought they would be before the season started. They play hard and persevere through tough stretches of games, but they are inexperienced and not as talented as many of the teams they face.
With that said, here's a response to a Twitter question that I have received about the state of the team:
Is Evan [Turner] getting traded soon? We need somebody out there that's going to fight hard and not complain all the time.
Evan Turner had a strong start to the season and yes, he has definitely tailed off. During the seven-game losing streak, Turner has made 38 of 105 field goal attempts, or 36 percent. Prior to this stretch, he was shooting 47 percent. Turner has four single-digit scoring performances in 25 games this year, and three of the four times have occurred during this seven-game stretch. Finally, he was averaging 4.4 free throws per game prior to this stretch, but has taken just nine free throws over the last seven games.
Most believe that Turner will not be a part of the Sixers’ long-term plans. The when and how he moves is up in the air, and I think his name is in constant trade conversations. But he needs to play out of this funk.
The fact that Turner’s poor play has coincided with the absence of Michael Carter-Williams could prove to be positive if he gets back to his old form when the starting point guard returns. It will say the opposition only had to focus on Turner in order to win.