Monday, March 13, 2006

Iverson out, injured!

Allen Iverson was hurt near the end of the first half of Philadelphia’s victory at Memphis on Sunday. An MRI on Iverson’s ankle and foot on Monday revealed the foot was bruised and sprained. Iverson’s right foot will keep him out of the Philadelphia 76ers’ lineup for at least one game and possible three more. He will not play against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night and is doubtful for the Sixers’ upcoming three-game road trip. Iverson did not return after being carried to the locker room and left the arena wearing a walking boot. He is the NBA’s second leading scorer with an average of 33.2 points per game. Iverson drove to the right and took a shot from the right baseline as the shot clock expired on the play. Iverson said he was injured when he landed on some people sitting along the baseline after falling out of bounds. But when Iverson sat out the second half with a sprained right ankle, the 76ers took the lead in the final minute and held on to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 94-91. Chris Webber picked up the slack with 31 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high nine assists to lead Philadelphia, which had lost its last three games by a combined eight points. But without Iverson, the Sixers’ chances of climbing in the standings are very little. A seven time All-Star, four-time scoring champion and former league MVP, Iverson is averaging 7.4 assists and is shooting 45.2 percent in his 10th season in Philadelphia.

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