Alston and Mitchell argued during halftime of Toronto’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, and the disgruntled point guard didn’t come out of the dressing room after intermission. He was seen crying as he left the arena in the fourth quarter.
On Wednesday, Alston made his return to the court, scoring 16 first-half points and handing out 12 assists in the Raptors’ 110-107 home loss to Milwaukee.
Afterward, he was still looking for Mitchell to apologize for the dispute the two had Tuesday.
“I was man enough to come in after the suspension was over and apologize to this team, this organization, Canada, my mom, my family,” Alston said. “Somebody should be man enough to apologize to me.”
Alston, who had just returned from a two-game suspension for storming out of practice last week, has been at odds with the first-year coach for several months.
Williams’ problems in Toronto are a much more recent development.
Since being acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec. 17, Williams is averaging a little less than 20 minutes per game, and has barely played in recent contests, sitting out the last two.
He logged 35 minutes a night with the Nets—his hometown team.
“No one is benefiting right now. This isn’t good for the Raptors or for Eric,” Mark Bartlestein, the agent for Williams, said Thursday. “If there is a deal that can be done it makes no sense to keep him here. He wants to play. He just doesn’t want to collect a paycheck.”
Mitchell criticized Williams for leaving the bench in the second half of Wednesday’s game.
“We actually called his name to go into the game, but he wasn’t feeling well and was in the back. In the future, guys have to let the trainer know, so we know,” Mitchell said.
Philadelphia has lost two straight, but has its All-Star guard back.
Iverson made his return Wednesday after missing a game with flu-like symptoms, scoring 38 points in Philadelphia’s 98-95 loss to Memphis.
Iverson, the NBA’s leading scorer, said he still wasn’t completely recovered from the illness.
“I just don’t have any strength out there on the basketball court,” said Iverson, who added 10 assists for his 15th double-double. “I’m still trying to get it out of me.”
Iverson is averaging 30.4 points per game against the Raptors, and has scored 40 or more against them three times during his career.
Kyle Korver missed a potential tying 3-pointer with time running out against the Grizzlies. Korver, second in the league in 3-pointers made, had 13 points. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 47 of 49 games.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 9): 76ers - 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division. Raptors - 4th place, 5 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: 76ers - Iverson, 29 ppg and 7.6 apg; Dalembert, 6.9 rpg. Raptors - Rose, 16.6 ppg; Bosh, 8.3 rpg; Alston, 7.1 apg.
SEASON SERIES: 76ers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 14; 76ers, 106-96. At Philadelphia, Iverson played all 48 minutes and scored 19 of his 32 points in the first quarter.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: 76ers - 10-17 on the road; Raptors - 16-9 at home.