They may have to try again Friday, with Iverson’s status uncertain as the Sixers look to take advantage of playing the owners of the league’s worst record when they visit the New Orleans Hornets.
Iverson missed Philadelphia’s 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday with a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
The 76ers got plenty of offense from Iverson’s replacement, as Green scored a career-high 32 points. Philadelphia, though, committed 20 turnovers—Green had four—and fell to 0-3 this season without Iverson.
The NBA’s leading scorer was injured when he fell during Monday’s 106-98 win over the Miami Heat, although the shoulder had been bothering him for much of the season. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the strain.
”(Iverson) obviously plays with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity, but just because he’s not here doesn’t mean that we’re not going to show that same heart,” 76ers forward Kyle Korver said.
Green grabbed six rebounds, had four assists and made 10 of 21 shots despite taking a hard whack on the nose in the second quarter. He became only the seventh player other than Iverson to score 30-plus in a game for the 76ers since Iverson joined the team in 1996.
“He took over AI’s spot, and in the second half it was like, ‘OK, AI is out there,”’ Washington’s Gilbert Arenas said.
The loss was the fifth in six road games for the Sixers and dropped them a half-game behind Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.
New Orleans may again be without its own star guard, as Baron Davis continues to nurse a bruised right ankle.
Davis missed his fifth straight game Wednesday as the Hornets lost 82-77 to the Orlando Magic.
New Orleans has lost two straight after winning back-to-back games for just the second time all season.
“We sometimes take steps forward and then seem to take steps back,” Hornets guard Dan Dickau said.
Dickau led New Orleans with 23 points and a career-high 10 assists Wednesday. Dickau, enjoying a breakout season, is averaging 19.8 points and 6.2 assists in his last five games.