Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Iguodala: Injuries shouldn't discount wins
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala said Tuesday if the 76ers eliminate top-seeded Chicago their accomplishment shouldn’t be diminished because of the Bulls’ injury woes.
Andre Iguodala is averaging 10.3 points a game against the Bulls in the playoffs.
The Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury in Game 1, and forward Joakim Noah went down with an ankle injury in Game 3. Noah sat out Game 4 and is a game-time decision for Game 5.
“Would you put an asterisk on Hakeem Olajuwon’s two rings?” Iguodala said referring to the Houston Rockets’ two titles during Michael Jordan’s hiatus from the NBA. “You know what I mean? We would never want (injuries) to happen, but it’s the situation. Like they say, it is what it is.
“As a team, we just got to stay focused at the task at hand and try to finish things and try to get a win.”
The 76ers lost Game 1 to the Bulls with Rose playing and have won the last three games without him on the court. The76ers hold a 3-1 lead on the Bulls in the first-round series. Game 5 is in Chicago on Tuesday night.
Only two No. 8 seeds have defeated No. 1 seeds in a seven-game series in NBA playoff history.
Iguodala said he and his teammates were also aware they could succumb to injuries just as other teams have throughout the playoffs.
“Similar to our situation, (coach Doug Collins) put the same scenario on us,” Iguodala said. “We can’t be unfocused going into a game and lackadaisical because any of our guys can go down, and that can change within a second. That can change a series.
“We got to focus on trying to play the best basketball we can and whatever happens outside of us, we’ll just prepare for it.”