Go ahead and add a "made second round playoff game winner" to Evan Turner's resume. The Villain hit a key kinetic layup to give the Sixers the lead for good en route to an 82-81 victory over the Boston Celtics evening their series at one game a piece. Down one with forty seconds to go, Turner slashed to the basket and finished with panache. The play has every bit the potential to become a real launching point for E.T. on his young career.
While some remain hesitant to give Turner credit for not having fully lived up to the high expectations of being the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, since last season's post season, Turner's continued to make strides while adjusting to the physical nature and speed of the NBA game. With Washington's John Wall, who Turner was often compared against with the two finishing one-two in most national player of the year awards after the 2009/2010 college basketball season, also in many ways not measuring up to his respective lofty expectations, Turner can at least take pride that his Sixers are still alive and well in the 2012 NBA postseason.