For all the excitement that Hedo Turkoglu expressed about representing his country at the FIBA World Championship this year, he sure hasn’t played like it through three games.
Although Turkoglu helped keep host country Turkey undefeated with a 76-65 victory over Greece on Tuesday, he struggled with his shot once again, nailing only two of his 12 shot attempts and tallying only eight points in a game-high 33 minutes.
The 6-foot-10 forward chipped in with six rebounds, three assists and two steals, but is shooting 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from the field and 4-for-20 (20 percent) from long range after three games.
A lot of his misses came late in the game with Turkey up double digits, as Turkoglu went 1-for-6 in the final 5:42. And the fact that he’s led his squad to an undefeated record thus far means he’s doing something right. The victory also allowed Turkey to jump ahead of Greece into sole possession of first place in the Group C standings.
But the fact is, Turkoglu is still shooting 23.5 percent against mostly non-NBA talent and hasn’t looked like he’s in the greatest shape in the world. Suns fans should hope this isn’t the Hedo they’ll be getting come Oct. 26 when the 2010-11 season tips off.
Up next: After a day off Tuesday, Goran Dragic and Slovenia (2-1) will take on Leandro Barbosa and Brazil (2-1) at 11:30 a.m. MST on Wednesday. Turkoglu will have a chance to bounce back from his tough first three games when Turkey (3-1) takes on Puerto Rico (1-2) at 11.