NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 28th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (19-22) at New Orleans Hornets (7-34), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Philadelphia star guard Allen Iverson will be a game-time decision this evening, when the 76ers continue their three-game road trip against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena tonight.
Iverson, who has a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder, missed Philadelphia's 117-107 defeat to Washington at the MCI Center on Wednesday. Willie Green filled Iverson's void nicely with 32 points, shooting 10-of-21 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line in the defeat.
Green became only the seventh player not named Iverson to score 30-plus in a game for the 76ers since Iverson joined the team in 1996. The main problem for the Sixers in the game were their 20 turnovers, which led to 24 Washington points.
Kenny Thomas chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Korver tacked on 15 points. John Salmons tacked on 12 points in the losing effort for the Sixers, who fell to 0-3 without Iverson this season. Samuel Dalembert chipped in 11 rebounds and five points in the contest.
Philadelphia hit 50 percent from the field, including 8-of-10 (.800) from three-point range. The Sixers drained 29-of-38 (.763) from the free throw line.
With the loss, the Sixers dropped a half-game behind Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sixers, who close out their three-game trip in Dallas on Saturday, are 9-15 in foreign buildings this season. Philadelphia has dropped five of six and seven of its last 10 road tilts.
New Orleans has dropped two in a row, four of six and five of eight overall, including an 82-77 defeat to Houston on Wednesday. Dan Dickau scored 23 points with 10 assists to lead the Hornets, who played without guard Baron Davis for the fifth straight game. Davis isn't expected to play this evening.
Lee Nailon and P.J. Brown each had 17 points for New Orleans, which is a franchise-worst 7-34 after 41 games. Brown, who also had 10 boards, was 7- of-14 from the field after shooting 4-of-20 over his previous three games.
The Hornets shot 43.2 percent from the field, including 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range. New Orleans hit 8-of-13 (.615) from the free throw line.
New Orleans, which has won four of its last five home tilts, is 5-13 in its friendly confines this season. The Hornets are 1-5 against the Atlantic Division and just 2-16 versus the East this season.
Philadelphia has won three of the last four meetings in this series, but has dropped two of three at the Hornets. The Sixers have taken seven of the last 12 meetings overall in this set.
01/28 10:21:50 ET