They’ll try to salvage the finale of a three-game West Coast road trip without the star guard when they meet the Golden State Warriors.
Philadelphia has dropped three straight without Iverson, including the first two games of this road trip. The 76ers are 2-5 this season without their leading scorer, who is sidelined with a sprained ankle and bruised foot.
“Certainly you have to make adjustments on the offensive end,” Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. “When you have a player like that in the fourth quarter, you have a tendency to look for him and realize he has that ability to take over a game. On the defensive end, he creates some turnovers for us and easy baskets. And we haven’t gotten as many with him out of the lineup.”
Philadelphia had all five starters score in double figures, but it wasn’t enough in a 99-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The Sixers’ reserves were outscored 36-15 by the Clippers’ bench.
“It’s just hard to adjust when you’re playing without your leading scorer,” Andre Iguodala said. “You have to do things you’re not used to. It’s been difficult at times, but we just have to find a way.”
The Sixers have dropped three games under .500 for the first time since they were 8-11 on Dec. 8. They’ve fallen to eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, although they’re 2 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Chicago.
Golden State is seeking to win consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 4-6 after recording just its second victory in seven contests Thursday, 105-97 over Minnesota.
Although Golden State appears headed for its 12th straight season out of the playoffs, the players still want to perform well down the stretch.
“It’s our responsibility to finish the season, as if we have the best record in the Western Conference,” guard Derek Fisher said. “The ability is there and the talent is there. We have to continue to work hard and figure out ways to put wins together.”
Warriors point guard Baron Davis missed Thursday’s game due to a sprained right ankle and indicated he would be out for at least a week.
“I’m definitely going to get back,” Davis said. “I don’t care if it’s three games left, four games left, as long as I get back to my full capacity. I think it’s in my best interest and my team’s best interest that I get healthy and really let the ankle rest.”