Bulls no preference for Doug Collins

Updated: April 27, 2012, 6:37 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said Friday he wasn't concerned with what 76ers guard Evan Turner recently said about the Chicago Bulls being a better matchup than the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

"I didn't look at any comments like that," said Collins, whose 76ers open their series against the Bulls at noon Saturday in Chicago. "You know what? I've never gotten into the comments. I've said at this point and time, guys are great, great players. I've never been one for bulletin board material. I just haven't. I don't know what he said.

"I've usually been pretty quiet. I let sleeping giants rest a little bit. I don't like to get them all fired up."

When a reporter offered to tell Collins what Turner said, Collins stopped him.

"I don't need to know," Collins said. "All I know is they have the best record in the East, so I'm not sure you're getting some prize you're looking for. We're going to have to play our (butt) off."

Turner, who is from Chicago, was asked recently what it would mean to face the Bulls in the playoffs, and he was quoted by The Delaware County Daily Times as saying, "It means we're dodging the tougher team. That's what I think."

"I think we'll be able to compete well against Chicago, and have an opportunity to win the series," Turner added.

Turner told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday that he did not mean any disrespect and what he meant was, "looking back at the past two years matching up against teams, we had a tougher time against the Heat. That's all I said. If I had to choose, we match up better against the Bulls."

The 76ers were 1-2 against the Bulls and 0-4 against the Heat this season.

Turner was mostly quiet on the topic when surrounded by a group of media on Friday. Turned was specifically asked if he was backing off what he said about the Bulls.

"All the respect, I wasn't backing off," Turner said. "I don't think there was anything I said that was crazy. Once again, no disrespecting anybody. They sold it, and people bought it.

"Once again, we're blessed to be in the playoffs. That's it. I was asked my opinion, and I think the worst thing I did was give my opinion because you already know how it works. No disrespect to anybody. I wouldn't disrespect an opponent, ever talk trash."

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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