Benched Iverson Seethes as Detroit Drops Another Early Sunday Game
Perhaps worse news is that Michael Curry benched Allen Iverson with four minutes left and the Pistons down six. Sitting A.I. made a bit of sense: The Answer had an awful shooting game (4-for-11) and fellow starter Rodney Stuckey had played well on the offensive end (20 points on 12 shots). Curry needed to keep sixth man Antonio McDyess in the game for rebounding help, and wanted Stuckey in there. Out came A.I. with the second-year guard heading back in.
Iverson didn't seem to take it well.
Those suspicions were verified once Rip Hamilton was ejected in a weird sequence with a minute and change left. Hamilton hit the floor on the offensive end after an apparent inadvertent elbow to the masked face by Mike Bibby. Steve Javie hit Rip with a rare flagrant tech, which is an ejection.
As such, Curry needed Iverson back on the floor for the last minute. Iverson looked extremely irritated by the call. On the team's last possession, the ball swung to A.I. behind the arc with the team (down five) needing a quick score to have a chance. He passed it off immediately, despite being pretty open. Once Tayshaun Prince's three rimmed out and the Hawks captured the rebound, A.I. made no attempt to chase and foul the rebounder. (Honestly, no Piston but Stuckey went for the foul quickly.)
Iverson's had more run-ins with Curry in six weeks than he did in almost two years under George Karl. I'm not sure what that says ... but I think it says something.