Andre Iguodala spoke his mind after the Sixers' 116-101 thumping in Washington Tuesday. He said the Sixers "were never really on the same page. They played basic basketball and we just were awful." He said the team has "got to do something -- maybe make a move. This is getting out of hand." He also claimed "we suck at practice, too" and that "sometimes a guy may be out (of practice) and at game time not on the same page."
And Iguodala made a face when informed coach Maurice Cheeks said the Sixers have to stop counting on the bench to bail out the starters and overcome big deficits.
"If he says so, then I guess," said a visibly annoyed Iguodala. "He's the coach, so I guess he's right."
Assistant GM Tony DiLeo said the Sixers have no immediate plans to pull off a trade or change its personnel.
"We're not contemplating making any type of trade right now," DiLeo said. "We've talked to teams, but it usually takes 20 games to evaluate the team and the players. We want to see what we have."
Iguodala had settled down a day later, when he insisted there is no rift between him and Cheeks. But Cheeks was annoyed upon learning that Iguodala didn't like hearing Cheeks said the reserves can't keep bailing out the starters.
"You want me to respond to that?" Cheeks said. "This is a time I've got to be careful... I'm going to hold my tongue."
PISTONS 83, SIXERS 78: Effort wasn't the problem Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, when the Sixers lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. They played hard enough to win, but experienced Detroit made more plays down the stretch to defeat the Sixers.
The Pistons prevailed despite its starting backcourt of Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups going 7-for-25, and not having Rasheed Wallace (sore left knee). They did it by forcing 17 Sixers' turnovers and getting all five starters in double-figures.
The Sixers stayed in the game by doing the job on the boards, where they owned a 47-36 edge. Coach Maurice Cheeks also shortened his bench to only go three deep in reserves, which seemed to keep the players more in synch.
Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 17 points despite only having seven on 1-for-10 shooting through three quarters. Louis Williams chipped in 15 off the bench and Andre Miller contributed 14.
The 3-8 Sixers, who are 1-5 on the road, host Golden State on Saturday night.
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