12/10/09 12:04 pm EST
While the buzz of Allen Iverson’s return to Philadelphia on Monday has definitely worn off, the Sixers and those in the stands last night appeared to be suffering some lingering effects from the three day Iverson-palooza that has been going on here in Philadelphia. Wednesday night the 76ers came out flat, played inconsistently and dropped their 11th straight game in front of a weak 12,000+ fans who were so quiet you would have thought the Wachovia Center was a funeral home.
We really can NOT begin to express our frustration level with last night’s loss. During this 11-game losing streak, the Sixers have lost six games by five points or less, so there absolutely have been some Ws that have disappointingly slipped away from the Sixers. But we don’t remember being more confident that the Sixers would break this awful streak then we were right before last night’s tip off and that’s what rips our guts out about last night’s L.
The Pistons who were already missing Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince became further depleted when during warm ups, sharp shooter Ben Gordon decided that his ankle was bothering him too much to give it a go. We liked the Sixers chances when the Pistons were missing just Rip and Prince, but with addition of Gordon to their injured list, our confidence soared and we put a bottle of champagne on ice. The streak was about to end.