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December 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“After Sunday’s 88-70 win over the New Orleans Hornets, 76ers coach Doug Collins praised the effort of Andre Iguodala, not just for 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, but for his recent performance.
“I think Andre is just starting to really hit his stride,” Collins said.
Iguodala is still not 100 percent healthy. He has missed five games with tendinitis in his right Achilles, and he said he tweaked the injury last week.
“I am still struggling with it a little bit,” Iguodala said. “I just learned to adjust to it and kind of be effective on the court.”
Collins called Iguodala a catalyst.
“I really feel he is incredibly engaged with us right now,” Collins said. “I think he feels good about what we are trying to get accomplished and where we are headed.”
Iguodala says he feels good about the team and not so good about his Achilles tendon.
“It’s just something that won’t go away and I’m trying to play through it,” he said.
In 18 games, Iguodala is averaging 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists.”
December 13 Philadelphia Daily News:
“PRACTICE CAN BE a monotonous routine in the NBA, even more so if you rarely see game action.
Craig Brackins, however, embraces every practice as if it’s his first, most times staying late for extra shooting practice or some games of two-on-two. Still, he had seen action in just one game this season, deactivated for most.
Yesterday, Brackins returned to the 76ers after a five-game stint with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. His average numbers were impressive in those five games – 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. More than numbers, though, it was a chance for Brackins to get back his confidence and work on things that will garner him some minutes with the Sixers.
“It was a good experience,” said Brackins, who was deactivated for yesterday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets. “It felt real good. I feel like I’m in better shape now, I got to play, work on my defense.
“My focal point was on the defensive end, just trying to get back, working on screen defense, on the ball, pick-and-roll. Just trying to work on stuff they wanted me to work on.”
It was the first of what could be multiple moves to the NBADL for Brackins. The Sixers‘ coaching staff has high expectations for the rookie.
“We kept good tabs on him,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins. “He did a good job. Our strength and conditioning coach said his strength levels held up. He had a chance to go down and get some experience. I think what else it does is you go down there and you realize how precious it is to be up here in the NBA on a daily basis. It was a good experience for him, but I could tell he was excited to be back and we’re excited to have him back.
“Sometimes in practice everyday you don’t realize how much you’re improving because you don’t get the minutes in a game. All of the sudden you go down and play and the things that you weren’t sure you could do all of the sudden you start seeing results and you start having some success and it raises your confidence level. The main thing with Craig is we know he can score, we know he can shoot the ball and we really want him to work on his defense and rebounding. I think those are two areas that when he can really solidify those, he has a chance to be a really good player in this league. We think he can do a lot of good things.””
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