TrueHoop: Hedu Turkoglu

Another late miss for Lakers' Bryant

May, 3, 2011
By Alok Pattani
With his miss on a potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 1 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Kobe Bryant now has missed his last five game-tying or go-ahead postseason field goal attempts in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.
Kobe Bryant

This from the player who often has been called the best closer in the game.

Here’s a closer look those last five misses:

2009 First Round: Game 3 vs Jazz
With the Lakers trailing 88-86 in the fourth quarter, Bryant misses a long 3-pointer that would have put the Lakers ahead with about a second left in the game. The Lakers lost by that score.

2009 NBA Finals: Game 2 vs Magic
Tied at 88, Bryant's short jumper is blocked by Hedo Turkoglu with less than one second to play in the fourth quarter. The Lakers would go on to win in overtime, 101-96.

2010 First Round: Game 6 at Thunder
Down 94-93 in the fourth quarter, Bryant misses a 13-foot jumper with about a second left, but Pau Gasol tips in the miss with about a half second left to give the Lakers the lead. They hold on to win, 95-94.

2010 Conference Finals: Game 5 vs Suns
With the score tied at 101 in the fourth quarter, Bryant shoots an air ball on a contested 3-pointer with a couple seconds left, but Ron Artest collects the rebound and banks in a shot at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 103-101 victory.

2011 Conference Semifinals:
Game 1 vs Mavericks

Trailing 96-94, Bryant misses a three-pointer with about two seconds left that would have given the Lakers the lead. They would go on to lose by that score.

For his postseason career, Bryant is 7-for-25 (28.0 percent) on potential go-ahead or game-tying field goal attempts in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. The league average on these shots over Bryant’s career (since the 1997 playoffs) is about 28.1 percent.

The last time Bryant made a field goal in this situation was Game 1 of the 2008 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Tied at 85, Bryant made a 10-footer with 23.9 seconds left as the Lakers went on to win, 89-85.

Clippers shoot poorly, but Hedo was worse

November, 19, 2010
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Los Angeles Clippers shot a season-low 33 percent from the floor, and have lost eight straight games. The Indiana Pacers on the other hand, made 14-for-26 three-pointers, the second time this season they've shot better than 50 percent from behind the arc (they made 16-of-30 threes against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 9).

The Phoenix Suns Hedo Turkoglu went 0-for-8 Thursday against the Orlando Magic, the second-worst shooting night of his career in terms of most attempts without a make.

From Elias Sports Bureau:
Orlando’s starters made 31-of-44 field goals in the Magic’s win over the Suns on Thursday (70.5 percent). That’s the second-highest shooting percentage for any starting five in any game in Orlando’s history. On April 7, 2007 the Magic’s starting quintet of Hedo Turkoglu, Tony Battie, Dwight Howard, Grant Hill and Jameer Nelson went a combined 25-or-32 (78.1 percent).
Dwight Howard played the 500th game of his NBA career and grabbed his usual dozen rebounds in Orlando’s victory over Phoenix on Thursday night. Howard has pulled down more rebounds (6,310 to be exact) than any other active player recorded in his first 500 games. That translates to a 12.6 per game average – the highest rebounding average for any player at the 500-game mark since Moses Malone’s 15.0 in 1983.