Hedo Turkoglu had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Turkey’s loss to Dirk Nowitzki and Germany Friday. He had just 8 points on 3-of-10 shooting in their one-point heartbreaking loss to Serbia yesterday.
Turkey has now been eliminated from the tournament after failing to advance out of Group E, meaning they will not be participating in the 2012 olympics.
Hedo actually played point forward down the stretch for a change and still couldn’t get it done. Over the years, we’ve become accustomed to Mr. 4th Quarter constantly creating in clutch moments. Now as a 32-year-old, age, fatigue, and just plain bad shooting have caught up to the national hero. Turkey Dance at least had some clutch airballs that resulted in Omer Asik rebounds and putbacks. Kidding aside, Hedo wasn’t the worst Turkish player on the court. Far from it. Aside from Asik and Kanter, there just wasn’t much life on this roster. Another very winnable game that slipped through Coach Ene’s fingers.
It’s an interesting read, so check it out.
You can see video of Turkoglu in action here.
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