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Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

January 11 Philadelphia Daily News:

“For the first time since Dec. 26, the 76ers’ Andre Iguodala was running up and down a basketball court yesterday.

But the tendinitis in his right Achilles’ that has forced him to miss seven games during this stretch and five games earlier in the season certainly does not appear to be totally healed, and might not be for the remainder of the season.

“I feel OK,” Iguodala said following practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine yesterday. “I’m trying to get my rhythm, trying to get my wind. I only went half the practice. Elton Brand had the same problem, and he said it’s going to linger a little bit. It’s a matter of tolerating it. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too painful. I’m just playing through it, just trying to play confident and comfortable.”

During Iguodala’s recent absence, the Sixers won three of the seven games. Andres Nocioni stepped into Iguodala’s starting spot and provided some scoring punch and rebounding, and the bench has provided a lot of good play for coach Doug Collins.

“My thoughts are if Dre can go, I’ll start him,” Collins said of Iguodala’s possible return tonight when the Sixers host the Indiana Pacers. “Simply because I think once you get warmed up to get out there and play [it’s better to start], rather than cool down and then try to come off the bench. We’re not going to be able to play him [a lot of] minutes until he gets his basketball condition. He just doesn’t have his timing right now.”

Should Iguodala be fit to play tonight, and he said he won’t know until game time, he probably will take the place of Nocioni, who was limited to noncontact drills in practice yesterday with a fractured middle finger on his right hand.

Collins was encouraged with Iguodala’s workout yesterday and said the team needs him back, especially on the defensive end.”

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