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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Philly comes to Orlando without Iverson

Due to a sprained ankle suffered against the Magic on Thursday, star guard Allen Iverson will miss his second straight game for Philly tonight against the Magic. However, the Sixers did well without A.I. Saturday night, easily beating the Knicks 91-76, moving their record to 22-21. The 76ers are 39-58 in Iverson's career when he misses a game.

Journeyman Kevin Ollie started in Iverson's place and had 6 pts and 5 assists. Several other players also stepped up as Chris Webber had 21 pts 10 rebs; John Salmons nearly had a triple double with 18 pts 9 rebs and 7 assists. Andre Iguodala had 16 pts and Kyle Korver added 12 pts off the bench.

The Magic, who at the midpoint of the season are 18-23, have a great chance to extend their home winning streak to 8 games, as they have not lost at TDW since a 104-88 setback to the Lakers on Dec. 23rd. They should have beaten the Knicks Friday night, but a slow start, too many TOs and poor bench play doomed the Magic. If those 3 things are corrected tonight, the Magic should cruise to victory, as they are favored by 7 pts, but they cannot take Philly for granted simply because they will be without Iverson. It's not known at this time if Jameer Nelson will be able to play after missing the previous 4 Magic games.

6 Comments:

  • At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Mathieu said…

    This game is a must-win, Iverson or no Iverson. I am confident the team will respond adequately after the NY game.
    It will be interesting to see how Steve-O is going to play. He had a great game against the Knicks but got nothing for it. I'm curious how he'll react to that.

     
  • At 12:54 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Beginning of the year odds makers set over under on wins at 36 games. Here they are at halfway point at 18 wins.

    36 wins likely won't get it done, but 40 should make the playoffs. 22-19 finish anyone?

    (P.S. I just learned you can use the spellchecker off the Google toolbar to spellcheck comments.)

     
  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    No excuses tonight. We're back home, coming off a loss, and now, no AI. We should control tonight's game from start to finish.

     
  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    22-19 is within reach if we don't give away games that we should win. WeRDevos, I don't have the fancy of using Google toolbar. I use a couple of websites regularly, that only work with MS Explorer as a browser. It is not difficult to write the comments on MS Word and then simply copy and paste into the post screen.

     
  • At 5:23 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    (Google toolbar is available for both IE and Firefox. Both support spell checking and the BlogThis button.)

    Hope I'm wrong, but am worried that AI is out. Ideally the Magic should have an easy win with Kasun, Augmun, Diener & Outlaw playing the last 5 minutes or so. But I worry they won't get up for the game and will screw it up.

    Again, hope I'm wrong.

     
  • At 8:48 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    We lost this one because of PHI's good defense. For the last two games where any decent defense was played by the opponents, we missed Grant more than ever when we had trouble bringing the ball up the floor. Hedo was 5-15 shooting on this game with 3 TOs. He was 4-10 with 5 TOs in NY game. Steve has been outstanding in the last two but as we were raving about Keyon, he came up with his worst in the last two, probably due to his lack of playing time conditioning. Need to get up and get ready for LAC.

     

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