Coach Doug Collins sees no reason to stop giving the ball to Andre Iguodala in late game situations.
Iguodala is a good decision-maker, as evidenced by an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.16-to-1 that ranks him sixth in the NBA, and he's a willing passer. He used to be good at getting to the basket, but his right knee tendinitis is limiting his quickness and explosiveness. And he's not a very good perimeter shooter, healthy or not.
Collins repeatedly went to Iguodala in the final minute of regulation of Sunday's 114-111 overtime loss to the Kings. Iguodala, in order, missed a 20-footer, missed a driving layup and went 1-for-2 from the foul line after being fouled on a drive with 7.6 seconds left.
"The ball's going to be in his hands," Collins said. "He's going to drive the ball to the basket, he's going to make a play, he's going to get fouled or he's going to score. He has the size to see up over people."
Collins has sometimes looked to guard Lou Williams in those spots, but Williams shot just 1-for-12. His only basket was a 30-footer at the end of regulation to force OT.
The Sixers didn't have any crucial down-to-the-wire possessions in Monday's victory over the Bulls because they had control of the game, so they didn't have to go back to Iguodala at crunch time.
SIXERS 97, BULLS 85: The Sixers halted Chicago's 14-game home win streak by building a 23-point lead and keeping the Eastern Conference leaders from overtaking them. The 38-36 Sixers also avoided their first three-game skid since Nov. 23-26. The Sixers limited the Bulls to 1-for-9 shooting from three-point range and forced 17 turnovers. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 21 points off the bench. Andre Iguodala added 19.
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