Evan Turner's Got a Smooth New Shot, Says Evan Turner

Evan Turner's Got a Smooth New Shot, Says Evan Turner

I'd be interested to see if any NBA players have talked to a reporter this offseason and said that they haven't been working out, that they're game has fallen off a bit, and that they've lost a few steps athletically since last season ended.

Because obviously every player says they've improved during the offseason. Evan Turner is no exception.

The Kid ET spoke with the Inquirer's Kate Fagan recently and says that he's got his confidence back, also pointing out that his new shot is smoother. Aside from bro'ing it up and working out with Andre Iguodala, how has Evan's summer been, Kate asks.

"It’s been going well," Turner tells her. "I’ve been working on my game a lot, playing
a lot of basketball. I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve been
getting; I feel like I’m back to my old self. I feel like my new shot is
smoother. I have a lot of confidence in it. It’s going well. I’ve been
enjoying it. And trying to get better."

If this were a few seasons ago, I probably wouldn't have cared all that much about an NBA lockout, but with the way Doug Collins had the 2010-2011 Sixers playing together, I'm actually quite bummed we may not get to see how they respond in 2011-2012. Evan Turner's development and maturation is at the top of the list of things I'm wishing we'd get to see more of and sooner.

>>check out Kate Fagan's entire Q&A with Evan Turner here

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.