Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/17

Game 1: Saturday, January 17th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 16th

76ers 79

(28-40, 11-24 away)

Grizzlies 82

(42-25, 26-8 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 22 23 21 1379
MEM 16 18 23 2582

Top Performers

Phi: A. McKie 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

Mem: P. Gasol 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

Philadelphia (28-39) at Memphis (41-25) 8:00 pm EST

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers hope Allen Iverson and interim coach Chris Ford can put aside their differences Tuesday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies.

Iverson, a three-time scoring champion, missed Sunday's game with a sore right knee, although he said he was available to play after missing the previous three games. However, Iverson was insulted that Ford told him he would have to come off the bench instead of start.

"I could have played 48 minutes," Iverson said after Sunday's loss at Detroit. "I have never had problems with my conditioning before. For a coach to say that he thinks my conditioning isn't there, that was something new for me. Because nobody never told me that, nobody questioned my conditioning or injuries or anything like that."

"I wasn't comfortable putting him out there in the starting lineup," Ford said. "He's yet to scrimmage in the full-court yet and if you look at the number of days he's been out, it's quite a few. I was concerned that if he would go out there and try to play, that we could now lose him for another five games down the road. I want to see him get out there and compete and go up and down in a scrimmage first."

Without their superstar guard, the Sixers got little from Eric Snow and Aaron McKie in Sunday's 85-69 loss at Detroit. The duo combined to shoot 4-of-16 from the field as Philadelphia had a four-game winning streak stopped.

Iverson played every game last season but has played just 45 this season. His presence would help Philadelphia, which is two games behind New York and Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The top eight teams make the playoffs and Philadelphia has qualified in each of the previous five seasons.

The Grizzlies are headed for their first playoff appearance and can clinch their first winning season. They are sixth in the Western Conference, one game behind Dallas.

Memphis has won 16 of its last 20 games but had a seven-game winning streak snapped with an 88-80 loss at Houston.

Reserve Stromile Swift scored 19 points to pace Memphis, which shot just 39 percent (32-of-82) and 1-of-15 from the arc.

Memphis improved to 4-12 all time vs. the 76ers with a 91-87 win at Philadelphia on January 17 as Mike Miller hit a running layup with 36 seconds to play.