Swarm. That's what it was, a swarm. A swarm of defenders and boos and emotions. And there on Wednesday stood Andre Iguodala, engulfed.
"It was taxing," he said. "Just thinking too much."
Iguodala's first game as a Nugget was where he played his last game — and his entire NBA career. Here in Philadelphia, where they'll boo basically anyone except Rocky Balboa, the locals spewed boos every time he touched the ball; inevitably, there were some boos back in Denver after he shot the ball.
In Denver's 84-75 loss, 'Dre was just 5-for-13 from the field, missing all four 3-point attempts, finishing with 11 points and a trio of fours — four rebounds, four assists and four turnovers.
"There was a degree of him searching for an identity on the court," said Nuggets coach George Karl, whose team plays Friday at Orlando. "I think he wanted to play great. And early in the game, I thought he might have been trying too hard. ... None of us should be happy with how we played. In the same sense, none of us should feel desperate."
The good news is Denver allowed only 84 points. The bad news is on offense the Nuggets looked like the Bobcats. It was weird. The Nuggets have been the NBA's premier high-octane offense, leading the league in points per game, but Wednesday it wasn't until the 5:50 mark in the fourth quarter when a Nugget, Ty Lawson, cracked double digits.
"Finding confidence was very difficult offensively," Karl said.
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Nuggets open cold, fall to 76ers in Iguodala's return to Philadelphia
Denver Post | Nov 1