Andre Iguodala looked like he belonged.
All-star games don’t provide the right environment for certain players to succeed. Paul Pierce looked old and sluggish compared to the youthful legs surrounding him. Yet, in a game where defense is attempted and plays aren’t run, Pierce looked out of sorts. Roy Hibbert’s size is great in meaningful games, but his slow feet proved to be ineffective when up-tempo doesn’t give the pace of the game justice.
Iguodala, though? The game looked made for him. Room in the paint, open lanes to the rim, and 10 second possessions are made for athletes who can do it all, like Andre. He had 5 dunks in his 6 baskets, by my count. Finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in just 13 minutes. Moreover, he even showed off his defense against some of the NBA’s best. He looked like he tried when no one else did on that end of the floor.
The Sixers had a strong but brief showing during all-star weekend. Evan Turner’s near triple-double and start in the rookie-sophomore game showed that yes, he has skills. And Iguodala looked good tonight. A nice little validation for the strong start, even if the momentum has fizzled for the time being.