Tuesday , Dec , 02 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Curry Justifies Benching Allen Iverson

Curry said Monday that he expects his starters will continue to play fewer minutes than they are used to.

Iverson is leading the team with a 36.1-minute average, but he hasn’t played more than 31 in any of the past four games. In 13 seasons, the guard has averaged 41.7 minutes. After the Portland game, Iverson talked about sitting on the bench longer and how his "rhythm isn’t there."

"He’ll probably play fewer minutes than before because this is the best team he’s been on," Curry said. "He’s got very capable guys coming off the bench. For all our starters, they are probably going to play less minutes."