On a night when their best defensive player returned, the Sixers turned in one of their worst defensive performances of the season in a 111-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers last night at the Wells Fargo Center.
More concerning than their lack of defense was the lack of intensity the team had in losing for just the third time in their last 12 games at home. They were listless from the beginning and fell behind by as much 16 points in the third quarter. A 38-17 scoring burst gave them a five point lead midway through the fourth, but Indiana came back and scored 12 of the game's final 14 points to win for the first time on the road in 10 tries.
Was the listlesss performance on the night Igudala returned after missing seven games with Achilles tenonitis just a coincidence? Coach Doug Collins inserted Iguodala into the starting lineup because he wanted him on the court after warming up pregame. He also said that being the team's best player, why wouldn't he be in the starting lineup?
Iguodala had talked before coming back that he didn't want to interupt the offensive flow that the team had established during his absence, didn't "want to step on anyone's toes." He certainly didn't do much at the offensive end, scoring one point and missing all seven of his shots in more than 33 minutes, though he did deal seven assists.