After Sunday's 88-70 win over the New Orleans Hornets, 76ers coach Doug Collins praised the effort of Andre Iguodala, not just for 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, but for his recent performance.
"I think Andre is just starting to really hit his stride," Collins said.
Iguodala is still not 100 percent healthy. He has missed five games with tendinitis in his right Achilles, and he said he tweaked the injury last week.
"I am still struggling with it a little bit," Iguodala said. "I just learned to adjust to it and kind of be effective on the court."
Collins called Iguodala a catalyst.
"I really feel he is incredibly engaged with us right now," Collins said. "I think he feels good about what we are trying to get accomplished and where we are headed."
Iguodala says he feels good about the team and not so good about his Achilles tendon.
"It's just something that won't go away and I'm trying to play through it," he said.
In 18 games, Iguodala is averaging 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Green a little blue
Hornets guard Willie Green played his first game at the Wells Fargo Center since being traded by the Sixers, along with Jason Smith, on Sept. 23 for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila.
Green was held scoreless, missing all seven shots from the field.
"This is one you have to flush out of your system," Green said. "We're not the type of team that can rely on playing tentatively, and you have to give a better effort, but I don't want to discredit Philadelphia because those guys executed well."
Green played his first seven seasons with the Sixers.
"The organization has been great to me, so it always is going to be special to come back here playing," Green said.
Smith also went scoreless for New Orleans.
Brand new player
After two injury-plagued seasons, Elton Brand is playing solid basketball. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's win and is averaging 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. Brand has eight double-doubles this year. He had seven all of last season.
Brackins is back
The Sixers recalled Brackins from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor.
In five games with the Massachusetts team, Brackins averaged 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks.
He has appeared in one game for the Sixers. Brackins and Jason Kapono were on the inactive list for Sunday's game. - Marc Narducci