It took two games and alreadyÂ Allen IversonÂ is fuming about coming off the bench. “How many minutes did I play,” Iverson said after he scored 11 with three turnovers in 18 minutes. “It seemed way, way, way less than that. Eighteen minutes? Come on, man. I can play 18 minutes with my eyes closed. It’s a bad feeling, man. I’m wondering what they rushed me to get back for? For that? “It’s a bad time for me mentally.” ThePistonsÂ hardly rushed Iverson back. They let him sit out a month with back pain. And as far as his minutes, other than a six-point flurry in the fourth quarter, he hardly played well enough to displace any other player. He was on the floor during a key part of theÂ Pistons’ collapse in the final five minutes.
Rasheed Wallace picked up his 16th technical foul in the third quarter of Tuesday’s loss. Players are suspended one game after receiving their 16th technical. Each additional technical results in another one-game suspension. Wallace was upset with a blocking foul called against Tayshaun Prince near the end of the third quarter on a LeBron James’ drive. “Tayshaun was already there, and he (James) charged him,” Wallace said. “Y’all know it’s stupid-star calls, too.”Â
Some of you have asked what’s going on with Jamaal Tinsley’s grievance case. Don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon. I hear it could be June before something is determined. The Pacers have a big board in their practice facility that has every player on the roster and another board on the other end of the court with their upcoming opponent’s roster. Tinsley’s name was on there early last week, but it was gone later in the week.Â
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Carmelo Anthony has made a vow. No more technicals this season. The Nuggets forward has 13 technical fouls. If he were to reach 16, it would mean a mandatory one-game NBA suspension. For doomsayers, there is a fear Anthony could pick up technical No. 16 on April 13 against Sacramento. Then he would have to sit out April 15 at Portland, the season finale that could determine the Northwest Division title.Â
When Thaddeus Young’s right ankle turned awkwardly as it landed on the planted foot of Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, the 76ers’ season also turned.
Young sprained his ankle in Tuesday’s 98-85 victory, and the Sixers learned the extent of that injury yesterday.An MRI exam also revealed a bone bruise. The team expects him to be sidelined for two to three weeks, which means he could miss the start of the playoffs.
The Sixers are 38-35 and are tied with the Miami Heat for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Young’s absence creates short-term and long-term questions: Who will start at power forward tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks? And will the Sixers fill the void created by Young’s absence by signing a free agent to a 10-day contract?