Andre Iguodala is no longer the centerpiece of the Sixers’ offense. But he remains dominant on the other end of the floor.
Iguodala completely bottled up Luol Deng again Sunday, holding him to 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Deng is now averaging just 10.2 points per game in the series, well below his season average of 15.3. That’s a drastic decline at a time when the Bulls — playing without Derrick Rose (knee) and Joakim Noah (ankle) — need him most.
“Dre is a great player. He’s not a great scorer,” Doug Collins said after Sunday’s win. “Sometimes, we equate dollar signs with a guy’s contract with how many points is he giving you. I equate it to what was a man’s impact on the game. And Dre has had an impact on every one of these games.”
The scoring slack has been picked up by a piping hot Spencer Hawes, who led the way with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting Sunday. The impending free agent center had 20 points in Game 3.
Since the NBA changed to its current playoff format in 1984, just four No. 8 seeds have topped No. 1 seeds. The Sixers are in position to be the fifth:
1994: Nuggets over Sonics
1999: Knicks over Heat
2007: Warriors over Mavs
2011: Grizzlies over Spurs