Evan Turner unleashes awesome game-ending dunk, apologizes profusely to Lakers immediately after

Evan Turner unleashes awesome game-ending dunk, apologizes profusely to Lakers immediately after

Let it never be said that Evan Turner is above a little good ol'-fashioned stat-padding. With the Sixers escaping Los Angeles in last night with what looked to be a 109-104 victory--and really, if you thought there was another Philly sporting event last night that was more of a must-watch than Spencer Hawes vs. Jordan Hill, shame on you--Evan took off in the full-court for a totally irrelevant double-clutch reverse dunk. It was beautiful, but useless, and as William Morris once said, nothing useless can be truly beautiful.

To his credit, Evan did seem to realize fairly quickly that his behavior was in moderately poor taste--although the fact might have been hard to remain ignorant of as the boos rained down on him from the Staples Center rafters. Evan at first tried to play it off like "Oh crap, I didn't realize that we had already won the game, sorry about that"--which might have been true, given that when Evan sees a FREE POINTS lane to the basket, he tends to kinda white out time and situation and just go for the gusto--but quickly realized that kind of mea culpa would be insufficient, and approached the dispirited Laker bench (including former Sixers and ET teammates Jodie Meeks and Nick Young) to offer his sincere-ish apologies.

The reaction of the respective Laker ballers to ET's profuse my-badding is pretty great. If I could sum up respectively, it would be like:

Jordan Hill: Whatever, I got my double-double, I just wanna get out of here and see if there are any wings left at the post-game buffet.

Shawne Williams: I don't really know you and I don't give enough of a crap about you to humor you by pretending to accept your BS apology.

Jodie Meeks: I half-heartedly accept your apology but mostly I'm just reminded of why I kinda like playing for a team that you're not on right now.

Ryan Kelly: I GET TO PLAY BASKETBALL PROFESSIONALLY AND I'M MARRYING BILL COWHER'S DAUGHTER THAT'S PRETTY COOL RIGHT

Nick Young: Boy, when even I know you did something stupid, you musta really done did something stupid.

Don't listen to the haters, though, Evan. Your fantasy owners appreciate your willingness to go the extra mile to get that extra late-game bucket. High-character stuff if you ask us.

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

VOORHEES, N.J. — Injured Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is getting closer to returning to game action.

Gudas, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), has been cleared to shoot pucks for the past couple of days and was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. He has yet to play in a preseason game but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
 
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
 
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
 
Gudas said the most important aspect of the healing process is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much movement.
 
“It’s better. I’m shooting on it in practice — feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
 
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games.
 
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
 
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
 
The 26-year-old Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
 
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
 
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
 
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”