Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/27/12

The first-round playoff series between the Bulls and 76ers got much more exciting thanks to some comments from Evan Turner. The Sixers guard was asked last weekend what it would mean to play the Bulls in the playoffs, and he answered candidly.

“It means we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think,” Turner told the Delaware County Daily Times.

“I think we’ll be able to compete well against Chicago,” Turner said, “and have an opportunity to win the series.”

The Sixers were eliminated by the Heat in five games last season, so Turner prefers the alternative. One could even argue that Philly tanked in their final game on Thursday by resting four of their top players. They lost to the Pistons while the Knicks, with whom they were tied, beat the Bobcats.

Turner tried clarifying his comments by sending a few tweets on Wednesday:

And bulls fans: please stop tweeting me about the playoffs. I didn’t say anything negative. All I said is we match up better with them smh

— evan turner (@thekidet) April 26, 2012

The heat are a tougher team for us to match up with us if you look at our record vs them the past 2 yrs.

— evan turner (@thekidet) April 26, 2012

Turner says the writer left out that part of his comments. Derrick Rose, Kyle Korver, and Joakim Noah were asked if they had responses, but they didn’t offer much. You better believe they took note of the remarks and are prepared to show Turner a lesson when the series begins on Saturday in Chicago.

H/T Eye on Basketball
Photo Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

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