Sixers expecting Iguodala, Williams for Game 1

At this moment, the Sixers are still calling it a game-time decision as to whether Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams will be available for Saturday’s Eastern Conference playoff opener against the Miami Heat.

As far as the individuals involved are concerned, both have come to the same conclusion.

“That’s the plan,” said Iguodala, who has sat out the last few games to rest the tendonitis in his right knee for the playoffs. “We want to try and get it right.

“This is the part of the season where you just have to play through the pain no matter what. It can’t be an excuse. You have to make the best of the situation and try to help your team win.”

The Sixers spent most of today watching film and doing walkthru of what they want to do against Miami. The session ran nearly 3 hours.

Coach Doug Collins said his team is tired physically and mentally and that the best thing to do is have light practices and get them fresh and reenergized for Game 1.

Williams, the NBA Sixth Man Award candidate who missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, however, did some work in 3-on-3 drills.

“It’s been 10 days since being injured so it was just good to be back on the court,” Williams said. “I would say I will play.

“That’s my thought process going through everything today. I guess I’d probably have to get medically cleared.

“I just have to be out there [in a game.] I can do all the 3-on-3 that I want, but in order for me to know, I’ve got to be on the court.”

Collins said all the preparations being done now are with the expectations that Iguodala and Williams will be available to play.


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