Thursday, July 30, 2015

Miller Likes His Options

The point guard's plan is to keep Andre Iguodala involved in the offense.

Miller Likes His Options

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If Elton Brand is the Sixers' first offensive option, if Thaddeus Young is emerging as the second option . . .

Where does that leave Andre Iguodala? And can the guy who had been the first option find satisfaction there?

He could Wednesday night. He looked really comfortable for the first time this season in the 106-96 victory in Toronto, coming within a single digit of a triple-double: 18 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds. He shot just 5-for-13 from the floor, but he was aggressive going to the rim.

Coach Maurice Cheeks has wanted Iguodala to have the ball in his hands a little more, in a position to initiate the offense, and point guard Andre Miller has been trying to facilitate that.

"I've been trying to get myself off the ball at times, go stand in the corner rather than call a play for him,'' Miller said. ''I'd rather let him create for himself, to handle the ball every now and then, make some plays, some post-up plays. I kind of want to keep him involved, not standing around, losing interest.

''He's definitely not a third or fourth option. We don't want him to be that. We want him to play the type of basketball that he plays. But he has to want to be involved, whether that's by playing defense, causing turnovers (by the opponents), demanding the ball. If I have to sacrifice some of the things I do, I want him to have the opportunity to make plays.''

That worked nicely against the Raptors, with Brand scoring 25 points, Miller adding 18 and Willie Green coming off the bench for 17 points and 9 assists. Young wasn't as effective offensively, but Iguodala picked up what was missing.

The next challenge: Finding a way to get center Samuel Dalembert involved and getting Lou Williams to be more aware of open teammates rather than just zeroing in on going to the rim or launching shots.

 

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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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