Philly fans wanted the storybook ending tonight’s game. Allen Iverson returns and leads the Sixers to victory, squashing their losing streak and bringing a little excitement back to town. Unfortunately reality set in a little earlier than expected in the Sixers’ loss to the Nuggets.
Sixers blog Liberty Ballers wasn’t a fan of the Iverson signing but held out hope as long as they could.
The Iverson honeymoon lasted for about three quarters and then reality set in. I realized that Eddie Jordan was still the head coach, and his awful rotations and defensive philosophy will continue to haunt this team. It’s a real shame too, because I believe Iverson gives a healthy Sixers team enough of a boost to make some noise in the playoffs. If he’s used correctly and surrounded by good defense, much like 2001, he can provide a spark to the much-maligned half court offense come April, and put the Sixers in position to advance past the first round for the first time since 2003. Unfortunately, none of that is possible with EJ at the helm. As a matter of fact, EJ will turn the Iverson signing into a top 5 pick — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if a couple ping pongs bounce the Sixers way.
You’ll excuse the Nuggets if they didn’t want to play the role of patsy. They’re in the middle of a great run and Nugget blog Denver Stiffs is excited about they see.
Like many of you I’m sure, I couldn’t be prouder of this Nuggets team. I’d argue that this game combined with the wins at Portland and at San Antonio are the most significant/meaningful of our 16 wins thus far. These three games are showing us that when the Nuggets comport themselves as professionals and don’t let the emotions of the moment get to them on the road, they’re lethal. Not only do we have the Western Conference’s second-best team residing in Denver, but if the Nuggets can win road games even when they’re shooting poorly overall and Dick Bavetta is one of the referees, we might be rooting for the NBA’s second-best team right now.