Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted: 12:57 p.m.
By Dei LynamCSNPhilly.com
Andre Iguodala will not be in the Sixers starting lineup tonight when the team hosts the Magic. He will miss his 14th game of the season, opting to rest his ailing right knee.
Whether he will miss Wednesdays game against the Pistons the Sixers final regular season contest is not yet decided.
Weve been staying on top of it, doing a lot of strengthening exercises, Iguodala said after Mondays morning shoot around. It takes away from it when you go out and are pounding on it. It will be good to get a little bit of rest going into the playoffs.
Iguodala has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee for weeks now, and it is an injury he has dealt with in the past. In order for him to feel 100 percent, he would need to rest the knee for a couple months.
Coach Doug Collins said Iguodala approached team trainer Kevin Johnson after the Toronto game about the possibility of sitting out this Orlando game.
The No. 1 thing for us is getting healthy, Collins said. I think he feels a couple days rest will do him good. That knee has been sore. I want him to be mentally fresh and sharp and I think that knee is taking a bit of a toll. Its restricted some of the things he can do. That is a source of frustration when you are an athlete and your struggles arent caused by anything other than you are not 100 percent.
Iguodala is averaging 14 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds. In his absence, rookie Evan Turner will start.
Turner has seen significant minutes in the last three games with Lou Williams sidelined with a strained hamstring. Prior to that, Turner had fallen out of Collins rotation for a while. The coach felt his rookie may have gotten out of shape by not playing and is hopeful he can change that with hard work this week because the Sixers are going to need the rookie especially if Williams is not himself if and when he returns.
For us to make a good showing for ourselves and to be who weve been all season long, we have to be healthy, Collins reiterated. We are such a team that is the sum of its parts we need everybody.
The win over New Jersey on April 1, which clinched a playoff berth for the Sixers, was the last time Iguodala looked like himself on the court.
I had a good flow coming out, he said. That was the game I got back to doing my slides (an exercise). I felt really strong coming out. After that, it was really hard for me to really strengthen my legs because I have been trying to rest. My legs have been a little weak but that is the exercise I have been doing in an effort to get my legs strong for next week.
The Sixers trail the Knicks by one game for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Heat have a one-game lead on the Celtics for second place which, if all stays the same, would have the Sixers meeting Miami in round one.
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