A.I. is back but Sixers are not
(Sports Network) – Even before the Philadelphia 76ers lost Allen Iverson for a
few games last week with a dental problem, they were still caught in a funk.
Iverson underwent surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth and missed two
games during a four-game slide. His return, though, was a good one as he
scored a season-high 46 points in a win over Chicago on November 24.
Since then the Sixers have dropped three in a row, but Iverson is averaging
39.5 points a contest during the four games. After scorching the Bulls for
46 points, Iverson posted 31 points against Cleveland, 45 against Miami
and 37 points in Saturday’s loss to New Jersey.
A.I., who is second in the league with 32.1 points per outing, is truly the
leader of this team and comes to play every night. He did, however, miss
Wednesday’s team event after taking a pain killer for his tooth and falling
asleep. Iverson was fined for not attending the team’s bowling outing.
In other injury news, Sixers forward Chris Webber returned to action on
Saturday against the Nets after missing six games with back problems. Webber
had 15 points on 7-for-20 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and five
assists. Philly was 1-5 without Webber in the lineup and it got no better last
night at Continental Airlines Arena.
Forward Shavlik Randolph underwent successful surgery on his fractured and
dislocated left ankle suffered during practice on November 30. Randolph is
expected to miss about three to four months.
Meanwhile, forward Kyle Korver sprained his left ankle during practice on
Friday and missed Saturday’s loss at New Jersey. The Sixers lost their sixth
straight on the road and fell to 2-8 away from the Wachovia Center this
Philly is also just 2-10 in its last 12 games overall.