Iguodala On His and Chase Utley's Chondromalacia

Iguodala On His and Chase Utley's Chondromalacia

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
ground, though.”

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.

Thanks guys.

Exhibit A: not touching the ground.

Exhibit B: hops!

Exhibit C: Superman!

Instant Replay: Capitals 4, Flyers 1

Instant Replay: Capitals 4, Flyers 1

BOX SCORE

Fresh off their poor Western Canada road trip, the Flyers faced the top team in the NHL for a Wednesday Night Rivalry tilt at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
The last time the Washington Capitals met the Flyers in mid-January, the Caps humiliated them, 5-0, in D.C.
 
No rout this time, but the Caps still defeated the Flyers, 4-1, as more precious points slipped away in the search for a wild card. 
 
Evgeny Kuznetsov had two goals for the Caps. His second was a crusher, coming in the final 2:01 of the second period to give Washington a 3-1 lead.
 
The Flyers are 3-6-1 since coming out of the All-Star break and 9-15-4 since their 10-game win streak.
 
Coach’s challenge
Barry Trotz challenged Jakub Voracek’s goal 23 seconds into the game for goaltender interference. It was an easy goal to overturn, too, as Dale Weise clearly pushed Braden Holtby aside before Voracek scored.
 
No goal
Trailing 2-0, Flyers rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov thought he scored in the opening minute of the second period. The game stopped and the Flyers celebrated while the officials huddled. Replays showed the puck hit the crossbar.
 
Points
Nick Backstrom’s first-period goal was his fifth goal and 15th point in his last 10 games.
 
Notable goals
Kuznetsov’s power-play goal went in and out of the net so quickly, no one was really certain it was a goal. That is why Sean Couturier remained in the box a good 30 seconds after it was scored.
 
Goalie report
Michal Neuvirth was making his fifth straight in goal.

Holtby had an excellent stop on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s backhander at the right post with 6:18 left in the first period.
 
Power play
The Flyers were 0-for-2. They mixed up their first unit and changed the personnel back to its former self, even putting Shayne Gostisbehere back on the point and Voracek back at the half-wall. Their second power play had several passes just a hair off for a clean shot.
 
Penalty kill
The Caps had the Flyers chasing their passes all over the ice on their power play. They were 1-for-2 in the game.
 
Injuries
The Caps lost defenseman Matt Niskanen in second period with a lower-body injury.
 
Fights
There were several scrums on one board play in the second period but no fights.
 
Scratches
Forwards Jordan Weal (concussion) and Travis Konecny (left ankle and knee), defensemen Nick Schultz (healthy) and Michael Del Zotto (healthy).
 
Up next
The Flyers practice on Thursday 11 a.m. at Skate Zone. They leave later that day for Pittsburgh and will practice Friday at 5 p.m. at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series outdoor game against the Penguins on Saturday.

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77

BOX SCORE

For the first 11 minutes of the second half Wednesday night, St. Joe’s didn't necessarily have momentum, but it did have a chance to come back against St. Bonaventure.

The Hawks went into the break down only four and kept the deficit within five throughout the first 11 minutes of the final frame. But unfortunately for St. Joe's, a Phil Martelli ejection and the series of foul shots afterward made a rally all the more tougher in an eventual 83-77 loss to the Bonnies at Hagen Arena.

With his team trailing, 59-55, and 9:02 left in regulation, Martelli was hit with double technicals for arguing an offensive foul call on Brendan Casper. St. Bonaventure guard Matt Mobley converted all four free throws to balloon the Bonnies' lead to eight. A late surge brought the Hawks within three with less than 30 seconds left, but Mobley iced the game with five more freebies and finished with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss marked the seventh straight for injury-riddled St. Joe's (10-17, 3-12 A-10), while St. Bonaventure (17-10, 9-6 A-10) swept the season series from the Hawks.

First half
For the first six minutes of the first half, St. Joe’s looked like a prize fighter delivering a series of jabs to St. Bonaventure. An 8-0 Hawks run was jump-started by a pair of James Demery free throws. Both Demery and Nick Robinson went coast-to-coast for layups on the next two possessions after grabbing defensive rebounds. Chris Clover then found Markell Lodge on a pick-and-roll for a dunk to complete the spurt and hand St. Joe's an early 15-7 lead.

If the Hawks' uptempo offense was a series of jabs, then Mobley was a left hook that delivered knockout blows. Mobley was deadly from behind the arc, draining four of eight three-pointers. The Bonnies rallied behind his aggressive shot to come back and take the lead with eight minutes left in the half.

St. Joe’s would pull close to the lead thanks to Casper coming off the bench and scoring 11 points down the stretch.

By the numbers
 • Hawks freshman Charlie Brown shot 3 of 17 from the floor, including 0 for 9 from three, and finished with 12 points, his lowest total since Jan. 18.

•  St. Joe’s went just 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from three-point range.

•  St. Bonaventure made 28 of 33 free throws, while the Hawks connected on 18 of 27.

What’s next?
St. Joe’s travels to Saint Louis on Saturday (4:30 p.m./NBCSN), while St. Bonaventure will return home to play Duquesne on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip.