Evan Turner just had to go open his mouth, didn't he?
The Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard recently told The Delaware County Daily Times that the team was glad to draw the Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs because "we're dodging the tougher team [the Miami Heat]." Naturally, that comment got blown entirely out of proportion over the next few days.
Given the Sixers' 1-11 record against the Heat since LeBron James and Chris Bosh teamed up with Dwyane Wade, the sentiment's not all that hard to understand. As Turner tweeted on Wednesday, all he meant was that "the Heat are a tougher team to match for us to match up with."
That didn't stop Bulls fans like Michael Wilbon from warning Turner and the Sixers to be careful what they wish for.
This 1-8 matchup in the East will feature two of the league's most defensively efficient teams with two of the leagues deepest benches. You may not see a lot of scoring, but you will, at some point, see it from an unexpected source.
Here are the five keys to the Sixers-Bulls series, including a prediction on the last slide.