Some nights, Hedo Turkoglu plays like he did during the Orlando Magic's run to the 2009 NBA Finals. He runs the pick-and-roll with precision, finding open teammates or swishing open shots.
Other nights, he struggles as badly as he did during the Magic's disastrous playoff series last spring against the Atlanta Hawks. He misses open shots, then loses his confidence and his aggressiveness.
That's the problem: The Magic need him desperately, but the difference between the effective Turkoglu and the ineffective Turkoglu is enormous.
"He's that guy for us," said power forward Glen Davis, who has played against Turkoglu when Turkoglu was at his best and has seen Turkoglu at his worst.
"He's that guy who can create his own shot. He's that guy who, when we need that bucket, we can go to him. He's that guy when the clock's down or we need a big bucket. As a team, we've got to get him involved."
Turkoglu demonstrated that he still can be one of the Magic's most dangerous players during Monday night's 104-95 win over the Houston Rockets.
The performance evoked memories of the '09 Playoff Edition Turkoglu. He scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and dished out four assists. He was at his best during in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points and adding two assists.
Magic hope Hedo Turkoglu will end his maddening inconsistency
Orlando Sentinel | Dec 28