You’ve got to give Andre Iguodala credit for stepping up to the foul line with everything on the line and making two free throws with a couple of seconds left on the clock. I knew it was going to be an ugly game.
The Sixers were very fortunate to win the game because the Bulls had the ball and the lead, but played right into the Sixers hands by passing the ball to a bad free throw shooter.
After Thaddeus Young scored on a drive to the basket with 12 seconds to go on the clock, Bulls guard C.J. Watson was bringing the ball up the floor when Jrue Holiday tried to foul him.
Holiday went after ball but no fouled was called. Watson continued taking the ball up the court and got it too the worst free throw shooter on the Bulls roster, center Omer Asik.
It was a foolish decision by Watson and the 76ers took advantage of it. Spencer Hawes fouled Asik when he got the ball and the center went to the line and missed the free throws.
Iguodala got the rebound and proceeded up the floor. He got to the halfcourt line and the Bulls defenders didn’t stop him, so he proceeded. He got to the free throw line and no one stopped him, so he took the ball to the hoop. Asik contested his layup and fouled him on the air.
The key to the play was Iguodala’s aggressiveness. He wasn’t playing scared, he was being aggressive.
Iggy isn’t a good free throw shooter, but he nailed both of those free throws. Iguodala shot only 61% from the free throw line this year, so at best I was thinking he was going to make one out of two.
He put them up there like he had ice water in his veins. Although he will never be the city’s most popular athlete, the game against the Bulls will help him a great deal.
It was one of his better games. He was 7 of 12 from the field with seven rebounds and four assists along with one steal.
For one day at least, let’s give him credit.