|Over the summer, Andre Iguodala represented the stars and stripes and assumed the role of defensive stopper for Mike Krzyzewski's team and performed that role brilliantly. He absolutely stoned every opposing team's best scorer. People noticed. Here's the funny thing: When the NBA season came around, Iguodala never stopped playing that role. The only thing that's changed is that instead of humbling Linus Kleiza, he's now doing it to LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Oh, and people are no longer noticing. That has to change.|
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|You earned it. Another big bounce-back win for the Sixers, this time over the Houston Rockets, brings the nominal first half of the season to a close. The Sixers matched their win total from the entire 2009-2010 season by the All Star break. Somewhere, Eddie Jordan just shed a tear (while licking his braces).|
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|As a fan base, one aspect of the Sixers that people over the last couple of years have come to a general consensus on is that Andre Iguodala is a great defender. This has always been true of course, but it's about time people around the country start taking notice.|
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|Al Horford was a "Did Not Play" thanks to a brutal flagrant foul from Blake Griffin a couple nights ago. Joe Johnson was a "May As Well Not Have Played" thanks to Andre Iguodala's super-human defense. The Sixers used both of those facts to their advantage en route to an absolute thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks, on the road.|
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|Keeping track of who was initiating the offense tonight was an eye-opener for me. My only regret is that I don't have a before to compare to this after. Doug Collins set the tone by declaring Andre Iguodala would shoulder more of the playmaking load as a point forward, let's see what happened in the road win vs. New Jersey.|
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|First of all, Kudos to Tom Moore for loads of video yesterday, covering this shift (or change) in offensive philosophy from every angle (links to the videos to follow). Now, the news of the moment for the Sixers is an apparent shift to give Andre Iguodala a more active role in initiating the offense. If nothing else, this will give us something to track over the next couple of games.|
|The Sixers did an excellent job on Deron Williams and somehow overcame a terrible defensive rebounding effort to come away with a double-digit win over the slumping Utah Jazz. Andre Iguodala took advantage of a cupcake matchup with rookie Gordon Hayward "covering" him. Pretty close to a complete game for the Sixers to push their home record up to 13-7.|
|Every time I think I've seen the Sixers give away a game in the most gut-wrenching manner, they one up themselves. Not one, but two four-point plays in the closing seconds of the game and overtime. More Lou isolations than you can shake a stick at. Jrue Holiday scores 8 points in the fourth, doesn't get a single shot in the final 6:35 of the game, left to stand in the corner. Talk about this game if you can, I need some time to cool off.|
|Either the Sixers are beginning to figure this whole close game thing out, or the law of averages is doing its work. Either way, the Sixers picked up another close win over a bad team and somehow claimed a stranglehold on the coveted #7 seed in the Eastern Conference (by percentage points over Indy).|
|Good for the Sixers for finally pulling out a close game. Seriously, I'm happy for them. If you want to be honest about things, though, this was a garbage win. They played absolutely miserable defense against a terrible offensive team. They went with the same terrible offense down the stretch and they got bailed out by a superb defensive play by Andre Iguodala, and a rare stroke of luck when Early Boykins clanked a corner three that would've cost them the game. This really isn't something to be celebrated.|
|The Sixers team defensive efficiency rating has risen after each of the following eight games. Not since the Denver game have they played well on that end of the floor. They've won some games since then, even had a couple of solid wins, but they haven't been able to put it together on the defensive end, and really, if they can't get the job done on that end of the floor, there is no hope.|
|We're still at least three days away from Andre Iguodala's return from achilles tendinitis, but something Bob Cooney said in a video yesterday got me thinking. What's going to happen when Iguodala gets back on the floor?|
|If you don't believe in moral victories, well, then I guess you didn't just see an unbelievable effort from an undermanned Sixers squad. It sounds corny, but I just feel proud of the guys after that game. They were one shot away from taking down the Lakers, in LA, and they really had five or six chances to hit it. Anyway, my wrap will be up tomorrow, in the meantime I've got a couple of food-for-thought questions to hold you over.|
|Over the summer, Doug Collins said he wanted Andre Iguodala to be the best wing defender in the league this season. He wanted him to focus himself on shutting down the opposing team's best wing scorer. He wanted him to be on the NBA's All Defense squad, first team. Let's take a look at his resume so far this season.|
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|Doug's excited, how about you? The Sixers picked up their 10th win on January 3rd last season, in their 33rd game, on the last day of the Ice Capades trip. This year, they'll have at least ten in their back pocket before they even pack their bags. Granted, they have 15 losses dragging them down, but we're measuring progress on a curve here. Still, it was great to see the Sixers bounce back for a dominant second half on the second night of a back-to-back to put the hapless Clippers away.|
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