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Turner admits what we all knew: Sixers prefer Bulls to Heat

Apr 26, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

Evan Turner, Tobias Harris AP

If the Philadelphia 76ers beat a not very impressive Pistons team Thursday night in the last game of the regular season, and if the Knicks lose to the Bobcats…. Okay, that’s not happening.

But in theory it could, and if both those things happen the 76ers would move into the seven seed in the East and draw the Miami Heat not the Chicago Bulls.

The 76ers want the Bulls and second-year guard Evan Turner admitted as much to the Delaware County Times (of Pennsylvania) last weekend, via the Daily Herald.

“I think we’ll be able to compete well against Chicago and have an opportunity to win the series,” he said. “It means we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think.”

Which really means expect the Sixers to take no chances and tank hard against the Pistons Thursday.

The Sixers are 1-11 against the Heat since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, and they have looked overmatched and overwhelmed in many of those losses. The Bulls took two of three from the Sixers this season but Philly actually had the better point differential, and over the last two seasons the teams have split their games. The teams have played each other pretty evenly.

But that belies the reality on the court — the Bulls not only have more talent but also execute within their system better at both ends of the court than the Sixers. It’s a five game series, one where for the Bulls it will be about finding their rhythm again before taking on Boston or Atlanta in the second round.

But in the world of crazy longshots, maybe the 76ers are better off with the Bulls.

  1. drunkenjunk - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    your funeral bro.

  2. chicitybulls - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    What a loser and coward. And I hate saying that about a fellow Chicagoan.

    • HitsDingers - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Sorry. Your team isn’t as good as the Heat, dude. More like, “What an honest guy who isn’t afraid to say what he really things.”

      Aaaand they’re still going to lose in 3 or 4.

      • chicitybulls - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        That’s your opinion. The FACTS are that they split their series this season even when our best player was missing and ineffective in a couple of games, dude. That’s the beauty of sports. It’s not won or lost in barbershops, near water coolers, or on message boards. It’s done on the court/field where it’s supposed to be. You know what they say about opinions….

      • juanandonly24 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        Usually I don’t get mad at these comments, but Bulls fans have to be the most delusional in the NBA. Face it, the Bulls are not a team geared for the playoffs. Their offense gets stagnant during the playoffs and last year the struggled against the mighty HAWKS before getting embarrassed by the Heat. If you don’t think the Heat are a better playoff team overall than the Bulls, then you don’t know anything about the NBA. And before anyone gets mad at this comment, consider this- LeBron’s Cavs were considered title contenders the last couple of years he was there. What happened when he went into the playoffs? Their offense got stagnant and it didn’t matter how deep they were. This is the exact same trend the Bulls will face until they get another reliable scorer.

      • dabears4life - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Right on point Chicitybulls. I seem to recall James defending the fact that they lost to the Bulls when D Rose was out by saying, well we were with Chris Bosh so……hahahahaha. Is that supposed to be a joke?????? Quite laughable if you ask me.

      • dabears4life - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Correction – **well we were without Chris Bosh so…..**

  3. trbowman - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    They’ve got a better shot against the Bulls, but they’re still not winning that series, of course.

  4. willcoop62 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Mr.Turner, you just added to the bulletin board fodder. You better be careful what you ask for. Something tells me you guys are gonna get the horns!

  5. gmen4life33 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Wow that’s the definition of cowardly. How does he think the team’s fan base feels about that. And even if they had a magical run, upset the 1st seed, made it out of the semis to face the Heat, what then? You already admitted to dodging them, they will have all the confidence in the world, and that is huge in NBA.

    His comments basically said we are happy being the team that fights hard in round 1 and loses, and even if we win we still arent going anywhere. We dodge teams lol

  6. 91devinhester23 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    thats just fine, im sure the bulls prefer playing the 6ers to the knicks

  7. snoopy2014 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    That’s like saying I have a better chance of out-wrestling a tiger shark than Chuck Norris. It may technically be true, but is either really going to happen?

  8. tibbs7 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Come get some.

  9. mcjon22 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Bulls in 5

  10. sasquash20 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    As a Sixers fan all I can say is shut up DOUCHE BAG. I do agree but the way the Sixers played down the stretch there is no reason to possibly motivate the other team any more then they already are going to be motivated. Why didn’t we draft D.Cousins? Draft talent even if there is baggage over a tweener who looks like ET and talks worse then ET. Early in the year I was loving this team then they quit down the stretch and showed a big lack of heart. I doubt coach Collins will be back because he realizes he has a couple of punks in Turner and Iggy. Bulls in 5 tops. Way to make a move before the deadline new owners. Frustrating team that should be a 7 or 8 seed the next ten years and never go anywhere. I hope the Bulls sweep us and win by 25 every game, then maybe the owner will realize that you can’t have a whole team of tweeners.

  11. abchome - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    That’s really stupid to say publicly. See a broom by motivated/disgusted Bulls…

  12. dabears4life - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Cant wait for the Bulls defense to stifle this punk and team. Daaaaa Bulls.

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