Iverson says he'll play vs. Hornets
DENVER -- Allen Iverson can run just fine on his sprained right ankle.
Now if the Denver Nuggets point guard could only cut on it.
Iverson said Wednesday that he would be back in the Nuggets' lineup for the game against the New Orleans Hornets. Iverson, who missed four straight games with the ankle injury he suffered against Charlotte on Jan. 29, did not participate in the team's shootaround Wednesday morning, although he made it through the entire practice Tuesday afternoon on the tender ankle.
"[The ankle] bothered me on a couple cuts and drives to the basket [in practice], but that's to be expected," Iverson said Tuesday.
A limited Iverson is better than no Iverson, at least in Denver coach George Karl's opinion. Iverson is still listed as a game-time decision.
"Allen knows we're in a position where his presence is going to help us, whatever it is, 70 percent, 80 percent," Karl said. "I think his presence on the court will help us. He's a pro. He knows how to figure out what he can do, what he can't do. I think we could use him."
The status of center Marcus Camby may be a different story. He's listed as doubtful for the Hornets game with a strained left groin.
"It feels a little better," said Camby, who suffered the injury against Sacramento last Saturday.
Camby missed four games earlier in the season with a fractured right hand and has been playing for more than a month with it taped up.
"My hand is healing and getting better, but with groins and stuff like that you've got to be careful," said Camby, who's currently leading the league in blocks (3.13) and is second in rebounds (12.2). "You've got to be smart about it."
And while Carmelo Anthony (left wrist sprain) and Steve Blake (stitches in his lip and a hyperextended elbow) both received treatment Tuesday, neither is expected to miss the game against the Hornets. Anthony, who recorded his first career triple-double in a loss to Phoenix on Monday night, reported experiencing some soreness in his left wrist but still practiced Tuesday.
The Nuggets have dropped three of four in Iverson's absence and six of seven overall, falling to .500. What's more, injuries -- not to mention the suspensions to J.R. Smith and Anthony -- are making it difficult for this team to build any sort of chemistry.
"We wanted to see how it would've been with all of us there, but we can't cry over spoiled milk," said Iverson, who's averaging 28.9 points a game. "We've got to move on to the next game."
Iverson, who was recently named to his eighth straight All-Star team, may have to adjust his game while the ankle heals. Either that or he's hoping adrenaline kicks in and he won't notice the pain when he cuts hard toward the basket.
"As far as running straight, I think I can do that all night long," Iverson said. "But just cutting the way I usually do, that's the main part of my game. I'm limited in that."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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