- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yesterday at MCI Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

While it can be argued Allen Iverson is having his best season, the Philadelphia 76ers star doesn’t agree.

Much was expected of the 76ers when they added Chris Webber last season. However, they were eliminated from the first round in the playoffs last year and are having a hard time being consistent this season at 18-19.

“I think we’re in a struggle with how I need to play and how we need to play as a team, what we need from me and what we don’t need from me,” Iverson said. “I’ve always known my identity on a team since I’ve been here in Philadelphia. I’ve always known what I needed to do to make us a better team. Right now I really don’t know what I need to do to make us better.

“I’m playing the way I always play, but when I start thinking and trying to play a certain way, I struggle. I’m struggling right now, and if I struggle, we’re going to struggle as a team, and I know that. If I don’t get my game together, we’re going to struggle as a team.”

QUOTABLE

“Last year we went 11-4 in this month. If we can continue to capitalize on the things we’re doing we’ll be fine.”

— Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards contained Allen Iverson all day, holding him to 17 points, about half his average.

John N. Mitchell

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