Sunday, December 28, 2014

Iguodala out for tonight's game at Cleveland

Forward Andre Iguodala is out for tonight's game in Cleveland due to a sore right Achilles tendon.

Iguodala out for tonight's game at Cleveland

Andre Iguodala´s strained right Achilles tendon will keep him out of the lineup again tonight. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Andre Iguodala's strained right Achilles tendon will keep him out of the lineup again tonight. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Not many have been happy with the play of the Sixers so far this season, and many have taken out their frustration on Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala, who is averaging just under 13 points a game.

Iguodala, who spent the summer playing for the U.S. National Team in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, started the season with a tender right wrist, which caused him to miss some practice. Then he started feeling some discomfort in his right Achilles, which forced him to miss two and a half games before coming back recently.

But Iguodala is sore once again, and his Achilles injury will keep him out of tonight's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland.

Iguodala sat on the sidelines during the team's shootaround this morning, not looking very happy with the recent turn of events.

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Coach Doug Collins said tonight's starting lineup would feature Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner at the guards, Andres Nocioni and Elton Brand at the forwards and Spencer Hawes at the center.

Along with Iguodala, rookie forward Craig Brackins will be deactivated.

Iguodala has not seemed to be at 100 percent at any time this season. His on-court demeanor has also left some fans wondering if he really wants to be here anymore.

That could be true, though Iguodala will never come out and say it. Faulting him for some of his play is fine, but one thing Iguodala has done consistently throughout his career is avoid injury and get on the floor for games. This season, when he's been on the floor, there has seemed to be a certain uneasy feeling about him. Perhaps it's because, for the first time in his career, he's battling through injuries.

It probably doesn't help that the team has won just 2 of its first 10 games. Or maybe he's starting to think that he does want out.

Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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