Allen Iverson returned to the Sixers line-up after missing five games to help care for his ill daughter, Messiah. Unfortunately, it was not enough as Sixers lose badly to Dwayne Wade and the Heat.
“They killed us in every facet of the game,” Iverson said. “They played so much better than us. We can’t play defense the way we played tonight and expect to win basketball games.”
Iverson came off the bench this game, but Coach Eddie Jordan expects to re-insert AI back into the starting line-up soon.
“With the magnitude of the whole thing, being in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game [more than 108,000], in my heart I wanted to be there,” Iverson said after rejoining the 76ers for last night’s first post-All-Star practice.
Having blowing a 20-point lead against the Wolves, the Sixers reviewed and looked deep to find the Killer Instinct that is sorely lacking.
“I don’t think you can teach that,” point guard Allen Iverson said about the killer instinct. “That has to be something that’s in you already. You just got to have it. I think you get it by just wanting to win. You just want to win; you just have to have it.”
Iverson continued: “More than half of the games we’ve lost since I’ve been here, they should have been wins. And if I’m hearing what everybody’s saying to me about before I got here, it was the same way.”
At the end of regulation Monday, when the Sixers had the ball and a chance to win, Jordan kept Iverson on the bench. Instead he drew a play for swingman Andre Iguodala, who ended with a difficult 19-footer that missed at the buzzer.
Iverson, who did not play in overtime either, said Jordan’s decision to keep him on the bench surprised him.
“Yeah, especially the way my career has gone – that’s something that’s never happened to me,” Iverson said. “Four seconds on the clock, I’m pretty sure I could at least be a decoy or something like that.”
Jordan said he didn’t use Iverson because “Allen had been sitting.” Jordan had removed Iverson from the game with 51.8 seconds remaining.
“I wanted to put the ball in Andre’s hand,” the coach said. “I thought he had a good look.”
Jordan added: “I’ve gone so many different ways for these end-of-games: I went to Marreese [Speights] in the post, they double-team him and he kicked it out for an open shot. I’ve gone with Allen a couple of times. So we haven’t had much success.”
With his team lacking it, Jordan tried to define “killer instinct.”
“Killer instinct is a straight-line drive to the basket, not between your legs and a spin dribble,” he said. “That sort of thing. It’s a mind-set more than anything else.”
“The old skeletons came out of the closet for us,” Jordan said.
Allen Iversonhad 11 points and nine assists, but did not play at all in overtime for Philadelphia.
Jordan pulled Iverson with 51.6 seconds remaining in regulation and then never returned him to the floor – not for regulation’s final play, nor for the entire overtime.
“Coaches go off their gut feeling and you have to live with it,” said Iverson, who finished with 11 points and nine assists. “He lives with things I do on the basketball court that aren’t always the right thing for the team and allows me to make mistakes. My whole thing is to let him coach and make the decisions he makes and support him.”
Allen Iverson played his 900th game in an NBA uniform, but the Sixers fell victim to to themselves as they cold not hold on to win as they gave away a 13-point advantage in a 108-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Iverson finished with 22 points. It’s clear that Sixers owner Ed Stefanski is not please and speculation is that Coach Eddie Jordan’s job is on the line. Allen Iverson also unveiled a new colorway to the Answer XIII’s last game with the Sixers colors (blue, white, red) – tight.
Allen Iverson and the Sixers made a valiant effort to dig themselves out of a 12-point hole to lead in the fourth quarter, but it was too much star power from James, who led Cavs to their 4th straight win over the Sixers. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 26 points, and Thaddeus Young and Allen Iverson each had 16. The Sixers have lost 13 of 14 games. verson had his left knee drained before the game for the second time this week and will have an MRI on Thursday.
“This one’s on me. I let us down tonight,” Iverson said. “I feel bad, that’s a game we should have won. We didn’t make shots at the time we needed to make shots.”
The crowd chanted “We Want A.I.!” with Iverson on the bench as the Sixers made a fourth-quarter charge that put them ahead against a team that has 13 more victories. Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 5:50 left stretched the lead to 94-90.
Allen Iverson’s third game back with the Sixers shared the same faith as the two previous games. For the second time in a week, a shot in the closing seconds kept the Philadelphia 76ers from getting back in the win column. Allen Iverson(notes), in his third game back after his short retirement, shot 7 of 18 from the field and had 12 of his 20 points in the fourth as Philadelphia charged back. His pull-up jumper with 1:06 remaining pulled the Sixers within three points.