Monday, December 7, 2009

Sixers drop 10th straight despite AI's return

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Well, that was certainly the most exciting 10th straight loss I have ever seen. Sixers fans got a nice boost from the return of Allen Iverson to the floor; unfortunately, it wasn't enough to spark the Sixers past the Nuggets as they lost 93-83.

Iverson played as good as could be expected for someone who hasn't played in a month as he scored 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting and added 6 assists and 5 rebounds to go with only 1 turnover. While he struggled to find his rhythm shooting and didn't have much chemistry with the guys on the floor, Iverson played within the offense and didn't try to do everything himself. He played a ton of minutes (38) and certainly helped keep the Sixers competitive with a good Nuggets team.

The return of AI may have helped out the other AI even more. Andre Iguodala played one of his best games this season, racking up 31 points, 4 boards, 3 steals and 2 assists. He played with a ton of passion and proved that, despite the return of Iverson, the team still belongs to Iguodala.

While the return of Iverson didn't help the Sixers snap their long losing streak, you can't blame The Answer. His return was as electrifying as fans expected but it won't turn the Sixers into a great team overnight. The Sixers are simply a bad basketball team that doesn't play defense and is struggling to find their identity on offense. Allen Iverson can't change all of that but it will sure is going to be fun to watch him try.

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