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October 30 Philadelphia Daily News:
“A COUPLE OF sequences defined the 76ers‘ loss to the Atlanta Hawks last night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Each came at points in the game when, if the Sixers had been able to can a short jumper or survive a nice defensive stand without Josh Smith nailing a deep-corner three-pointer, you got the feeling they might have pulled out the win against a top-notch Eastern Conference opponent.
But those two series didn’t go the way coach Doug Collins or the 10,960 fans would have wished, and the Sixers lost, 104-101, toto 0-2.
Late in the third quarter, Jamal Crawford (19 points) hit consecutive three-pointers and Jeff Teague converted a backdoor layup for a 15-point lead. But as they did on Opening Night against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, the Sixers kind of hung around, shaved off some of that lead and found themselves down by only 91-85 midway through the fourth quarter.
That’s when the first tough sequence happened. Andres Nocioni had just nailed a three to pull his team within six, then was on the receiving end of an illegal screen by Smith, who got a technical for arguing the call. Nocioni failed to convert the foul shot, and on the possession after, Thad Young missed a short shot in the lane. Atlanta went on to score six of the next eight to bump the lead back to 10.
The Sixers again clawed and were able to trim the lead to two when Nocioni followed a Lou Williams miss with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining. On the Hawks’ ensuing possession, Smith hit his long trey right in front of Collins with only 4 seconds on the shot clock, leaving the coach grasping his head with both hands.
So close to a good win, but a result that has become all too familiar since last season.
“We were down six and missed that technical,” said Collins, whose purple shirt was drenched with sweat following the game. “Then we missed a little foul-line jump shot that would have cut it to three, and then Josh Smith threw that three in from the corner. That was a shot you would not like for him to take, and he made it.”
October 30 Camden Courier-Post:
“It took only three halves before Sixers coach Doug Collins realized that Andres Nocioni needs to start.
So he put Nocioni in to begin the second half, and that nearly made all of the difference for the Sixers.
Nocioni played defense. He provided energy. And he nearly brought the Sixers back from a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter.
Nocioni even had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left. The shot from just in front of the Atlanta Hawks’ bench was blocked by Josh Smith and the Sixers lost 104-101 Friday.
“That’s my game,” Nocioni said. “That’s the way I’ve played all my career. It’s what I’m trained to do — bring energy to the game.”
Afterward, Collins said that Nocioni will start tonight against the Indiana Pacers in place of Jason Kapono.
The Sixers have gotten practically nothing out of three of their five starters through the first two games of the season.
So Collins went with their reserves, along with starters Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand, for much of the second half.
Even though Nocioni was playing in just his second game, Iguodala said he already has a strong relationship with him on the court.
Iguodala led the Sixers with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
“He’s a smart basketball player, which is the type of player I want to play with,” Iguodala said about Nocioni, who’s in his seventh season. “I know where he’s going to be. I know where he likes to shoot the ball. You can plug him in anywhere.”
Nocioni’s put-back with 1:07 left got the Sixers to within two points. He finished with 15.
October 30 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Andre Iguodala has not requested a trade.
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Iguodala had asked the 76ers to trade him. According to a source with knowledge of Iguodala’s thinking, the team’s starting small forward has not approached management with any trade request, whether immediate or by this season’s February trade deadline. The same source said the information was taken out of context when Iguodala made a statement about “wanting to play for a winning team.”
The logical next step from that statement would be assuming, if the Sixers did not begin winning, that Iguodala would want out of Philadelphia.
He has made no such formal request.
Early Friday morning, Iguodala responded to a fan on his Twitter page, saying: “I ain’t goin nowhere young’n!””
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