Jan 072011
 
Sixers G Jodie Meeks

Sixers G Jodie Meeks

January 7:

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Iguodala hopes to practice Monday, not sure when he’ll return to game action

January 6 Camden Courier-Post:

Andre Iguodala may be getting closer to a return to the court, but he’s still not sure just when his sore Achilles will be ready for game action.

“Sometimes it’ll feel good, and then a couple hours later it starts to hurt,” Iguodala said. “That’s the funny thing.”

Iguodala said he’s seen marked improvement in his mobility the past few days, but simple day-to-day chores like driving can cause the tendonitis in his right Achilles to flair up again.

That makes predicting a timetable for recovery a difficult task.

“I walk pretty cautiously now, and I try not to do anything crazy, running around and things like that,” Iguodala said.

Iguodala said he expects to practice as early as Monday barring any setbacks, but he said it’s still too soon to say when he might be ready for game situations.

Iguodala has averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season, but he’s been on the shelf since Dec. 26. Wednesday’s game against Washington was the 10th game Iguodala has missed this season because of the injury. The Sixers were 3-6 without Iguodala leading up to Wednesday’s game.

“We really miss Dre is in the open floor, where we can get to the ball and get some easy baskets,” coach Doug Collins said.

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Sixers haven’t forgotten beating by the Bulls

January 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:

motivation when they resume action with Friday night’s game against Chicago at the Wells Fargo Center.

In a long NBA season, the games tend to run together. But some stick out, which is the case for the last meeting between the Sixers and the Bulls, on Dec. 21 at the United Center.

The Bulls clobbered the Sixers, 121-76. The 45-point defeat was not only the worst of the season for the Sixers, but it also topped the previous largest margin by 22 points. Before that, their worst defeat was a 116-93 loss at San Antonio on Nov. 13.

“They kicked us pretty good, and I am sure that will be something in the back of our minds when they come in Friday,” said Sixers guard Lou Williams, who scored 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, in Wednesday’s 109-97 win over visiting Washington.

Among the gruesome details of that first game: Chicago shot 49 for 76 from the field (64.5 percent) and 6 for 11 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

“This is a personal, competitive league,” Williams said. “When things like that happen, it’s embarrassing.””

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After strong start, Sixers guard Meeks returns to earth

January 7 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bob Cooney:

“The calendar had just turned to December and Doug Collins’ 76ers had won two straight games to improve to 5-13. Collins, however, was struggling mightily with trying to find a starting lineup that could provide him a little more spark offensively.

At the time, rookie Evan Turner was the starting “two” guard, having started the previous 12 games at the spot. But he had become quite ineffective, mired in a 5-for-21 shooting slump in his previous six games and was often becoming nonexistent in the offense.

So Collins looked down his bench and decided before the Dec. 3 game in Atlanta that second-year pro Jodie Meeks would be his starting off guard – who could bang home open jump shots consistently, who could create spacing on the floor for the many Sixers who are at their best when avenues to the basket are opened by the threat of an outside shooter.

Meeks proceeded to give Collins and the team exactly what they needed. He stroked jump shots with the same kind of regularity he had done at the University of Kentucky. When the Sixers got out on the fastbreak, he ran to a spot beyond the three-point arc, got a pass, and, when he had a sliver of an opening, pulled the trigger and usually hit his target. In only his second start, against the Charlotte Bobcats, Meeks went off for 26 while drilling seven of his 10 three-point attempts.

Then, after six pretty successful starts in which Meeks averaged 15 points and the Sixers won four games, teams “put Jodie Meeks on the scouting report,” as Collins likes to say. He means that Meeks no longer can run down the court without getting noticed. No longer can he come off a pick or two with just his man paying attention. No longer are there open jump shots. And because of it, Meeks isn’t an effective starting “two” guard right now.

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