Just talked with 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala and he'll be playing tonight against the Washington Wizards. Iguodala had his ankles taped and was tying his shoes before getting onto the court for some pre-game shooting. Asked him if this means the injury is behind him, that this time his return is for good, and Iguodala seemed to think he was done missing games for the Achilles tendinitis.
Iguodala said he doesn't like to play in games without getting at least one practice under his belt, and that yesterday's practice was great for getting ready to play tonight. More news from today's game: Andres Nocioni, who was questionable after a left foot contusion, will play, but Jason Kapono, missing for personal reasons, is not with the team tonight.
As for the Wizards, John Wall (left foot) was on the court doing drills before the game and he looked fine. Washington coach Flip Saunders said that if Wall was active, he wouldn't be starting. When the starting lineups were released, that was exactly the case: Wall is active, but not starting.
It'll be Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Spencer Hawes vs. Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, and JaVale McGee.
I've uploaded a video of Evan Turner talking before the game with a Chinese reporter. Because of Turner's contract with a Chinese shoe company, he's a big hit over there. Figured this video would be more interesting for everyone at home wondering about pre-game activities. At least it's better than another video of Doug Collins talking about the overload at the small forward position ...
More later from Washington, D.C.
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