Mar 242011
 

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Sixers vs Hawks

Sixers vs Hawks

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76ers defeat Hawks, close in on Eastern Conference’s fifth seed

March 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The bones of Wednesday night’s 105-100 win by the 76ers over the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center were even more impressive than the outward flash. A quick glance will show you the sparkle of that final quarter: the three-pointers by shooting guard Jodie Meeks,

Reeling Hawks see Sixers gain on them

March 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew didn’t mince words describing his team before the game against the 76ers Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Drew called his team fragile. He was more restrained in his postgame talk but in no better mood after the Sixers defeated the Hawks, 105-100. These teams are going in opposite directions, and the Hawks’ once-tight grip on the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference has loosened considerably.

Sixers come alive in fourth quarter, survive slumping Hawks

March 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“FOR THREE QUARTERS of last night’s game, the 76ers appeared to swim against the tide, or try to climb a slippery hill. The Atlanta Hawks would build a lead, the Sixers would get close, only to see the Hawks convert an offensive put-back, hit a three-pointer, turn a loose ball into an easy basket. But the tide changed, the hill evened out, and the Hawks reverted to the play that had caused them to lose seven of their previous 10 games.

Collins picking his spots to use Battie

March 24 Camden Courier-Post:

“Tony Battie didn’t play in 27 games because of the coach’s decision. He missed seven other games with various injuries and another for personal reasons. Yet Sixers coach Doug Collins said he plans to use Battie, who’s in his 13th season, during the final games of the season. Collins said he didn’t play Battie or Andres Nocioni much during most of the regular season because he wanted to keep them fresh for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Sixers are up to the challenge

March 24 Camden Courier-Post:

“Andre Iguodala could feel the pain in his knee in the first half. He tried riding the exercise bike at halftime, but aching didn’t subside. So, he just kept playing. Iguodala didn’t have explosiveness on offense, so he focused on his defense — shutting down Atlanta’s Joe Johnson to help the Sixers come away with a 105-100 win over the Hawks Wednesday. “It’s more mental than anything,” Iguodala said. “You’ve got to be mentally tough.

Iguodala doesn’t want to overburden ailing knee

March 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“A couple of hours before last night’s game, a statement was handed out in the press room saying 76ers forward Andre Iguodala would not play against the Atlanta Hawks. A few minutes later, it was revealed that it was a mistake. A few more minutes later, the media were told Iguodala would dress and attempt to play. The statement saying he wouldn’t play was just a miscommunication, an honest mistake.

Iguodala returns to 76ers lineup

March 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:

76ers swingman Andre Iguodala started against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Iguodala, battling right knee tendinitis, did not play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but the team maintained that Iguodala’s absence was precautionary and that the swingman could have played Saturday if needed. Iguodala had 16 points in 36 minutes against Atlanta. Before the game, Sixers coach Doug Collins seemed confident that Iguodala would not miss more time this season.

Iguodala plays through nagging knee pain

March 24 Camden Courier-Post:

“Andre Iguodala could feel the pain in his knee in the first half. He tried riding the exercise bike at halftime, but aching didn’t subside. So, he just kept playing. Iguodala didn’t have explosiveness on offense, so he focused on his defense — shutting down Atlanta’s Joe Johnson to help the Sixers come away with a 105-100 win over the Hawks Wednesday. “It’s more mental than anything,” Iguodala said. “You’ve got to be mentally tough.

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