Horry Scale: Turner Turns Up

VIDEO: Turner Turns Up

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — And we’re back again. While large swaths of the country still trying to thaw out from this bitter winter, Evan Turner turned up for his second GWBB this season — here’s the first — and cajoled us into firing up the Horry Scale tonight.

Before we get too far into this, we should stop and explain why we’re here: What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

Got it? By the way, this is the twelfth GWBB this season, so we’re on a record pace. OK, let’s do this…

Strictly speaking, this was not the most complex of plays. With Jerryd Bayless guarding him one-on-one, Turner went to his right with three dribbles, before crossing over to his left hand with one dribble, and then taking one more dribble with his left hand and taking the shot with his right. With those five dribbles, Turner was able to penetrate from the perimeter into the lane. Jared Sullinger (Turner’s college teammate at fellow former Ohio State Buckeye, by the way) stepped up for the Celts to play some help defense on the shot, and his minor collision with ET managed to make Turner’s release more awkward than it would have been otherwise. Still, Turner essentially had a 7-footer for the win.

Coming into this game, both teams were riding three-game losing streaks, so you can argue that while the game may not have been a must-win for either team, both teams could have used the W. As for this particular play, the Celtics were sitting on a one-point lead with the game and shot clocks both running down. Kris Humphries missed a 15-footer from the wing, and Michael Carter-Williams grabbed the board with about 11 seconds remaining. After dribbling up court (and perhaps committing a palming violation, as you can might hear Tommy Heinsohn argue in the clip above), with about 6 seconds left, Carter-Williams handed off to Turner at half court, and everyone cleared out to let him work against Bayless. The story here, to me, is that even though the Sixers had two timeouts remaining, they elected not to use them, which gave them the chance to attack a Boston defense that hadn’t had a chance to set up.

In the clip above you see the Sixers involved all sprint to the their bench on the other end of the court, a perfectly acceptable reaction and celebration to a GWBB on the road. What you don’t see in that clip is an extended celebration at half court before they headed to the locker room. I also enjoyed the reaction of the folks sitting courtside next to the Sixers bench. It doesn’t get much more anguished than this, as you can hopefully see in my this screenshot below…

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It wasn’t a wide open shot — Turner had to create that for himself and make something happen. And Turner did get bumped on the release, making him twist to get the shot off. I also did have to consider the reactions, from both the players and the fans. All told, I’m giving this a solid three Horrys…

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What say you? How many Horrys would you give Evan Turner’s GWBB?


  1. JanuszBVB says:

    For me it was 4 Horrys – they were playing in Boston, it wasn’t home game, so no advantage there, 76ers were down by 1, so it’s additional pressure, they didn’t take timeout after rebound in D, just ran to the offence, and it wasn’t no “easy” jumpshot but contested “sideshot”. It would be 5 if it was playoffs game, not game between two of the worst teams in the league right now.

  2. Manu says:

    Three Horrys for me – it would’ve been four had MCW not committed a blatant turnover that was ignored by the referees. Good composure by Turner though.

  3. When I saw that shot go up I was horrified….. it was good defense but he got it thru

  4. mrdavidchung says:

    While they both played for the Buckeyes, Turner and Sullinger were not teammates. Evan Turner’s rookie season with Philadelphia was 2010-2011, which was also Sullinger’s freshman year in Columbus. They just missed playing with each other and being teammates.

    • Lang Whitaker says:

      Good catch. I corrected the post. Thanks!

      • pKone says:

        Hey Lang, good call on 3 Horry’s

        And I have to give you some Props for correcting the bit about the Buckeye connection, but even more so for leaving the mistake in (with just a cross-out)!

        These things happen, but I have seen many other writers own it, and then fix it 🙂

  5. Jordan says:

    where is westbrook’s game winner ?? still not up ?

  6. dustydreamnz says:

    2 Horry’s for me because of the no call.

  7. UncleDrew says:

    5 Horry’s for me considering that this shot greatly impacted the war between two tanking juggernauts that is the contention for a top pick come May. As a Celtics fan, I cheered when we lost. You may call me sad, and remark that I’m not a ‘true fan’, I want what’s best for the team. And that is, lose as much as possible now, so we set ourselves up better for the future.

  8. Phil says:

    This has nothing to do with Robert Horry. His buzzer beaters were great, not only because they left no time on the clock, but were 3 pointers in playoff games. You keep comparing a bunch of people throwing up half shots or driving to the rack with no time left. Horry was set on the perimeter with the game on the line and each shot eventually sent his teams to the finals or was a deciding factor in the finals. Drop the “Horry Scale” why don’t you? You are diminishing what the man actually did

  9. Phil says:

    Zero Horry’s! Regular season layup compared to playoff 3 pointer?