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Iguodala shaky for 76ers


Iguodala shaky for 76ers It hasn't been a secret: the 76ers are counting on Andre Iguodala to be their superstar.

Iguodala is counting on himself to play that role, too, but through 13 games, the Sixers are 5-8.

In some games, Iguodala has been the team's star. But for the last two, both Sixers losses, Iguodala has struggled with his shot.

For the season, Iguodala is averaging 18.2 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting. In losses Friday to the Memphis Grizzlies and Saturday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Iguodala was a combined 11 for 39 from the floor, 1 for 8 from the three-point line, and 4 for 8 from the free-throw line.

In those games, Iguodala averaged 13.5 points. The Sixers lost those games by a combined 11 points, nearly identical to the dip in Iguodala's scoring average.

After the 97-91 loss to Cleveland, Iguodala said the Sixers have yet to play a game where all five starters played well.

"I think the only positive is that we haven't had a game where all five guys have played well, shot the ball well," Iguodala explained.

"It seems like one of us, on one of those nights, has a great game, and someone else doesn't shoot the ball well. We're still working the kinks out and getting it together."

Iguodala made 6 of 22 shots Saturday.

Could he have been the one not shooting the ball well?

"It was definitely me," said Iguodala, nodding.

Starting with tomorrow night's game against the Wizards in Washington, the Sixers will play six of their next seven games on the road.

After Saturday's game, Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said he saw improvement from his team, especially compared to Friday's disappointing home loss to the not-good Grizzlies.

"I saw, most importantly, the communication," Jordan said of the Cavs game.

"Guys were talking to each other, rallying around each other, talking on the floor, communicating about defensive rotations, 'Let me through, help me, you got that, I got this.' A lot of good things - we just didn't really step up in the fourth quarter and make shots."

And that guy stepping up, of course, should be Iguodala.

"He missed some easy shots," Jordan said. "He's looking for his teammates, he's looking to push the ball on the break. If he can make it be more efficient, he's very talented. Sometimes, he relies on his talent to do a little bit too much, in a good way. If he could just take the easy play, I think he'll be a more efficient player."

Kapono update. Sixers forward Jason Kapono, who sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter against Memphis, dressed for Saturday's game against Cleveland but did not play. He is listed as day-to-day.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.


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