Iverson skips games

first_imgDENVER – Allen Iverson’s swollen right ankle doesn’t have any structural damage, but he still stayed home while the Denver Nuggets left for a two-game trip to the Midwest. Iverson aggravated his sprained ankle during overtime in the Nuggets’ loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night. He had 22 points, nine assists and four rebounds in his return from a four-game absence, but wasn’t his usual self as he had to settle for jumpers. An MRI on Thursday didn’t show any structural damage. Iverson realized he shouldn’t have rushed back to help his struggling team, which has lost seven of eight. “This is a game I love to play, but even more than that, I want to be there to help, given that we are struggling the way we are,” Iverson said. “I wanted to go out and give us a lift, but the way my ankle was in the second half, I can’t help that way.” Iverson will miss the Nuggets’ games at Indiana tonight and Milwaukee on Saturday night, but hopes to play again Monday night against Golden State. He acknowledged, however, that he might be sidelined through the All-Star game Feb. 18 in Las Vegas. “This (team) means more to me than the All-Star game. I have been there and done that in my career. If I have to (skip it), if that’s the right thing for me to do, then that is exactly what I will do,” Iverson said. “That is something that I haven’t thought about because I don’t care about that right now. I care about this team right here.” “I think it is one of those things where I just came back too soon,” Iverson said. “I couldn’t be me on the basketball court. I am more effective being aggressive and going to the basket and making things happen.” Asked if he felt he was hurting his team rather than helping, Iverson said, “I feel like I’m hurting me, first. That’s my main concern. … Obviously, I am worried about my team, but if I am out there and I can’t be me, then I don’t think I am helping them.” center_img If Iverson backs out of his eighth All-Star appearance, that would give teammate Carmelo Anthony another crack at making his first All-Star team as one of commissioner David Stern’s injury-replacement picks. Stern has said he won’t hold Anthony’s 15-game suspension for fighting against him when choosing replacements. Coach George Karl, who has spent the last two months juggling his lineup because of trades, injuries and suspensions, kept up a brave front in the face of his latest setback regarding Iverson. “We are good enough to win without him,” Karl said, “and it will be special if we can get everyone on the court.” Center Marcus Camby (groin), who hasn’t played in a week, will be a game-time decision Saturday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more