Evan Turner hopeful he'll play Sunday vs. Lakers

Evan Turner hopeful he'll play Sunday vs. Lakers

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

December 29, 2013, 8:00 am
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Evan Turner didn't play for the first time this season in the Sixers' 115-101 loss to Phoenix on Saturday. (USA Today Images)

PHOENIX -- Evan Turner got dressed like all his teammates after the Sixers' latest loss in Phoenix, changing out of his uniform into his street clothes.

Only unlike his teammates, Turner had not broken a sweat -- he suited up but watched the game from the bench.
 
The Sixers' leading scorer missed his first game of this season and just his sixth of his career because of a sore right knee (see story).
 
“I think I will be alright [Sunday],” Turner said after the Sixers 115-101 loss to the Suns (see game story). “It hurts a little bit, but it got way better than a week ago. We will see how it feels tomorrow, but hopefully I can go.”
 
The Sixers play the second game of their five-game West Coast swing against the Lakers on Sunday evening.
 
Turner wanted to play Saturday night, but Brett Brown thought it was better for the four-year veteran to rest. Turner appreciated his coach taking the decision out of his hands.
 
“I am glad coach made the call, because I probably would still have tried to play and (possibly) re-injure it,” Turner said. “I probably should not have played the game in Milwaukee, but I want to be accountable and be there for my teammates.
 
“I don’t ever want to sit out, but once coach said something it gave me that opportunity. Sometimes I am just foolish and I play when I probably shouldn’t.”
 
Turner is averaging a team-high 19 points per game. He also averages 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists.