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November 20 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The absence of Andre Iguodala has had a significant impact on the 76ers’ defense, and it’s showing up in the turnover margin.
Iguodala missed his fifth game out of the last seven Friday because of tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon. Coach Doug Collins expressed hope he’ll return Tuesday, when the Sixers play at Washington.
The Sixers are minus-7 in turnover margin in the five games Iguodala has sat out, and they are plus-8 in the games he has played.
“One of the areas we’ve lost with Dre is we’ve lost the turnover battles,” Collins said before the Sixers played Milwaukee at the Wells Fargo Center. “I was hoping we’d be plus-3 in that category [for the entire season], but we’re [plus-1], and a big part of that is Dre’s been out 41/2 games. We’re no longer a speed team right now, when you look at our starting lineup. Normally when Dre’s out there, we’re a speed team.”
Collins also said Iguodala’s absence has put a heavier burden on second-year guard Jrue Holiday, especially at the end of close games.”
November 20 Camden Courier-Post:
“Lou Williams said he wanted to prove to his coaches that his shoulder wasn’t bothering him.
Thaddeus Young, meanwhile, was just trying to make something happen.
The two reserves combined for 42 points Friday night to lead the Sixers to a 90-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Young scored a season-high 23 points, on 8-for-13 shooting, while Williams added 19 points.
They both had struggled Wednesday in the Sixers’ loss to Toronto. Williams had missed all seven of his shots, while Young was only 4-for-13 from the field. They combined for 10 points.
“Anytime you have two guys come off the bench and combine for more than 40 points, that’s big for the team,” Young said. “I try to assert myself a lot of times off the bench — be that spark that the team needs.”
Williams wanted to do that, too.”
November 20 Camden Courier-Post:
“Where have the Sixers missed Andre Iguodala the most? When they’re trying to using their speed and quickness to get turnovers and easy baskets.
Iguodala missed his third straight game, and fifth in seven, with a strained Achilles’ tendon. Sixers coach Doug Collins said he’s hoping Iguodala will return for the team’s next game, which is Tuesday in Washington.
Collins is convinced that if Iguodala had been healthy for the entire season, the Sixers would have been 6-7 rather than the 3-10 record that they have after Friday night’s 90-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
That’s because the Sixers’ running game has ground to a virtual halt without Iguodala.”
November 20 Philadelphia Daily News:
“No need to fly all the way to Turkey to catch Allen Iverson play basketball again, you can do it from the comfort of your home.NBA TV announced yesterday that it will televise the game featuring Iverson’s Turkish team, Besiktas Cola Turka, tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Iverson’s team will face the defending TBL champion Fenerbahce Ulker from Istanbul. Calling the game for NBA TV will be Rick Kamla and Chris Webber.Iverson, who returned to the 76ers for 25 games last season before leaving the team because of his young daughter’s illness, scored 15 points in his Turkey debut on Wednesday.”
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