Despite an ugly loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in North Carolina, the newest member of the Indiana Pacers stood out from the rest.
That guy was Evan Turner, who recorded easily his best game in a Pacers jersey since being acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Turner finished Wednesday’s game in Charlotte with 22 points on 9-12 shooting, including 2-2 from beyond the three-point arc and 2-2 at the free throw line. He also added five assists in 31 minutes of action.
Again, Turner’s performance came in the midst of an embarrassing, blowout loss to the Bobcats, 87-109. Indiana played poorly throughout the game, looking uninterested from the tip. The Pacers scored just eight points in the first quarter.
Nevertheless, the play of Evan Turner was a nice highlight. It is certainly something Turner can build on moving forward, especially considering Indiana desperately needs their bench to step up the rest of the season.
Turner, an Ohio State product and former No. 2 overall draft pick by the 76ers in 2010, put in a completely different effort than what Pacers fans and others alike saw on Tuesday against Golden State. In a loss to the Warriors, Evan Turner went scoreless for the game, missing all five of his shot attempts in 17 minutes.
More consistency in his minutes could help Turner establish some adrenaline and get into the flow of the game with his teammates. As mentioned, however, his stats Wednesday night were the lone bright spot for the Pacers.
The Pacers shipped Danny Granger to Philly in return for Turner. Granger agreed to a buyout with the Sixers and eventually signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for the remainder of the season.
Evan Turner immediately consumed Granger’s minutes off the bench, which head coach Frank Vogel stated would be about 20-25 minutes a game.