Hedo Turkoglu did not look comfortable once again at the four in Monday night’s Suns loss to the Grizzlies.
Three quick fouls trying to defend the bigger Zach Randolph sent him to the bench — which was a good thing, because then Hakim Warrick came in and played better at both ends. Warrick ended up with 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting. As has been the pattern, the Suns look better with him in.
But Gentry is not giving up on his man, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Turkoglu still starts and gets time to learn. Here is what Gentry had to say:
“He’s never played like that so we’ve got to give him a little bit of a break as he tries to adjust and figure out how he can help our team.”
That’s well and good, but how much time do you give him when someone is doing the job better off the bench? Who is a better pick setter/roll man for Nash? If the goal is to win games — and I’m pretty sure it is — Turkoglu starting makes little sense.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.