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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With Tony Wroten hurt, Sixers will give Evan Turner minutes at point guard spot

(Associated Press)

Tony Wroten said he “ain’t rushing” back from the sprained right ankle that caused him to miss Monday’s game.

That means, when Michael Carter-Williams is off the floor, Evan Turner will be handling point guard responsibilities for the 76ers for the foreseeable future.

In his first crack at playing the point, things didn’t go well for Turner (pictured), in Monday’s 107-99 loss at Washington. Turner played 28 minutes against the Wizards, during which he shot 3-for-10 and finished with 11 points, two turnovers and one assist.

Wroten, who sprained his ankle Saturday at Chicago, is in an ankle boot. He didn’t offer a grade on his ankle sprain, but said it’s a low sprain, and not a high sprain. Since Wroten did not offer a timetable for his return, Turner represents the Sixers’ next-best option to play on the ball, whenever Carter-Williams has to check out of the game.

“I actually get the ball. That’s cool,” said Turner, the fourth-year swingman. “That’s what you want. Get me the rock, you feel me?”

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Turner does not always get into the flow of the offense when he doesn’t feel as though he’s actively involved at that end of the floor. Brown, for that reason, did not hesitate to insert Turner at the one-guard spot.

“I’m going to give Evan the ball,” Brown said. “We’re going to try him a little bit at some point, try that a little bit. We have Lorenzo (Brown), who’s a good backup legitimate point guard. He, too, I expect, will see minutes. And Elliot (Williams) had shown over the course of his collegiate career that he could be a ball-carrier. At times, when Evan isn’t as involved offensively as I wish he were, it’s a good vehicle just to give him the ball. He’s a big capable player and we’ll convert him into what we did with (San Antonio guard Manu) Ginobili at my old job.”

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