Could it be? As we all get frustrated by the general lackluster play of Hedo Turkoglu, perhaps we aren’t paying enough attention. He IS being guarded by one of the better wing defenders in the league in Josh Smith and is giving up somewhere around 528% percent in the athleticism department. Maybe we aren’t giving Hedo enough credit for the work he is doing on the defensive end.
In the 5 games that Turk has played against Smith this season, Josh has averaged 14.8 points per 36 minutes in the regular season (3 games) and 13.6 per 36 in the playoffs (2 games). For the season, Smith averaged 17.3 per 36.
Looking further, Hedo has for the most part been able to keep Josh Smith and his body language from getting all the way to the rim for easy shots.
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