To start the game, Iverson was content to unload the ball to a teammate then hang around on the weak-side while several plays developed without him. He also passed, went through the middle, then utilized a brush pick to surface on the wing just in time to receive a reversal pass and attack the rim. Whenever Iverson had possession in a broken field, he wound up with open looks or makeable layups and the Lakers were totally at his mercy.
As he's done in the past few years, Webber was mostly content to shoot mid-range jumpers. (He took seven of these and missed six.) Here's what transpired when Webber drove the ball into the lane: Two offensive fouls. Here's what happened when he set up in the pivot: One put-back. One offensive basket-interference. Three spinning jump-hooks that produced one basket, one miss, and two made free throws.
Charley Rosen complimenting Iverson? This is a rare moment.So, then, what to make of this latest edition of the Sixers?
There's certainly more overall movement on the offense, with more players getting more touches. Yet when crunch time rolls around, the ball always belongs to Iverson. A routine scenario which is entirely appropriate.
Their interior defense will be tighter when Samuel Dalembert returns to the lineup. Even so, because they are so eager to collapse into the paint on any kind of ball-penetration, teams with better perimeter shooting than the Lakers will make them pay. Also, to be a serious contender they absolutely need another scorer who can create his own shots.
If Webber is the team's weakest link, the Sixers are nevertheless a much stronger outfit than they've been since the Lakers bopped them in the championship series back in 2001. If another finals appearance is out of their grasp, the Sixers should battle the Nets for the dubious distinction of losing to Detroit, Indiana, or Miami in the playoffs.
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Iverson looked like a stud, Webber a dud