Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Iguodala Must Have a Monster Game

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorMay 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: Andre Iguodala #9 and Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers talk at the end of the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 92-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers have surprised their fans and critics by making it into the second round of the NBA Playoffs. However, as they head into Game 6, facing elimination against the Boston Celtics, they must get an MVP-type performance from the face of their franchise, Andre Iguodala

On the latest episode of the “T.J. McAloon and the Sports Half Hour” my guest and I spoke about Iguodala being the reason why the 76ers are in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

Through the 76ers 11 postseason games, Iguodala doesn’t lead the team in scoring or assists, as Jrue Holiday’s 15.5 points and 4.7 assists per game is tops among 76ers scorers. However, during the 76ers close out Game 6 against the top-seeded Chicago Bulls, it was Iguodala leading the team in scoring and assists with 20 points and 7 assists. 

The ending of that Game 6 against Chicago saw Iguodala on the foul line with two seconds left in the game and the score 78-77 in favor of Chicago. His two made free throws put the 76ers up 79-78. A missed heave by Omer Asik would seal the victory for the Sixers.

So far through Philadelphia's five games against Boston he’s improved his points per game from 12 against Chicago to 13.2. In Philadelphia’s thrilling Game 4 comeback against the Celtics, Iguodala led the team in scoring and assists with a dominating 16 and 7. 

If the 76ers want to continue their Cinderella-type run in the NBA Playoffs they have to get another dominant performance from Iguodala. 

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