As if the Sixers recent struggles as of late weren't enough to deal with, Andre Iguodala's knees that bothered him so much last season have started to pester him again, forcing him to sit out Sunday in an ugly loss to the Spurs.
In a weird coincidence of words that are challenging to spell, Dre shares the same knee injury, known as chondromalacia, with Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Utley's knees have not been responding well to early spring fielding drills, forcing him to sit out and even visit a specialist in Arizona last week. Chase will miss the start of the regular season.
Like Utley for much of last season, Iguodala has been trying to play through the pain, noting that it's been bothering him for the past month or so.
Dre was asked today about Chase's injury, and just kind of laughed it off, according to Martin Frank of Delaware Online.
So he understands Utley’s pain, although he responded with a laugh about Utley’s injury, which kept him out of the first seven weeks last
season and could do the same this season: “He [doesn’t] get off the
Well, that's not entirely accurate. While Chase certainly doesn't lift on a nightly basis like Dre and other NBA players do, No. 26 is certainly known to get airborne when the situation calls for it.
For what it's worth, Dre also told reporters that he hopes to be back tomorrow against Cleveland. Chase Utley told reporters they'll have to wait and see.
Exhibit A: not touching the ground.
Exhibit B: hops!
Exhibit C: Superman!
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!