A veteran of nine seasons in the NBA and coming off a run to the finals last season with Orlando, Turkoglu knows exactly what it takes at that time of year and if he’s going to build on his reputation as a post-season game-breaker, he’s going to have to get his game to another level than it has been thus far in Toronto.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano knows how much a fully engaged Turkoglu can alter his team’s fortunes, but he wasn’t prepared to make any declarations one way or the other on Monday about Turkoglu.
“I think he’s starting to get there,” Triano said sounding more optimistic than certain. “But he’s a 10-year vet. He knows how to play games, he knows how to finish games and he knows how to play the league.”
The inference being that when it’s time to get serious, Turkoglu will get serious. Whether that time is right now or closer to the playoffs, he wasn’t saying.
Second last off the practice floor Monday spoke volumes, however, about Turkoglu’s intentions.