NBA: Turner, Sixers Hosting Toronto Tonight
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia 76ers have dropped three straight as they ready to host Toronto tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
A match-up with the Raptors could be just what the Sixers need, however. Toronto is just 21-57 on the season — that’s tied for the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Sixers rookie guard Evan Turner called in to KYW Newsradio this morning and he says despite their bad record, Toronto can ball.
“We have to come out aggressive,” he says. “We have to make sure our defensive mentality is there early. Toronto’s a team that scored 118 points at New York (a 131-118 loss on Tuesday), so they are definitely capable at the offensive end.”
Hear Matt Leon’s full interview with Evan Turner in this CBS Philly SportsPod…
The Sixers have just three regular season games remaining, and all three will be in South Philadelphia. And Turner says that’s a good thing.
“You know, just playing the game of basketball, I think it makes it a little easier because we have home court advantage, we have the fans here,” he said.
The Sixers are 25-13 at home and they have already clinched their playoff berth, but Turner says they aren’t focusing on the postseason yet.
“We’re just trying to get back on the winning track. We’re not really focused on what’s occurring next weekend. We definitely know these three next games are key to get our momentum back and get us right.”
The 76ers trail the Knicks by half a game for sixth place in the Eastern Conference heading into tonight. The Knicks visit New Jersey this evening.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060