Friday , Nov , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers are Green with hope

(Sports Network) – There are not too many players who can provide positive
service in place of injured Sixers superstar Allen Iverson.

But Willie Green is bound to change that statement and has in his last two
games for Iverson, who is out after undergoing surgery on one of his wisdom
teeth. Without A.I., who leads the team with 28.7 points a game, 76ers head
coach Maurice Cheeks is left with Green to run the show.

In his first chance to show Cheeks and his teammates he can score the ball,
Green posted 24 points on 10-for-21 shooting in Tuesday’s 97-87 loss to the
Detroit Pistons. He then had 24 points on 10-for-23 shooting in a 98-94
setback to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Cheeks should have known Green was capable of playing at a high level. Green
was set to sign a big contract a few seasons ago until suffering a
devastating knee injury while playing a pick-up basketball game. Since then
he has gotten healthy and his wallet is a lot fatter.

Green will have to break out another solid performance on Friday night against
Chicago, especially since the Sixers have dropped four straight and seven of
their last eight games.

A big reason for the slump is the absence of Iverson, Chris Webber and Steven
Hunter. Webber has missed the last three games with back problems, while
Hunter has missed three straight games with a knee injury.