Originally created 12/31/06

Sixers are still in race for division



Maurice Cheeks isn't producing many wins this season as the 76ers' coach, yet he knows Philadelphia has as good a chance as anybody in the struggling Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers, still adjusting to life without Allen Iverson, sit in last place in the division, but they were only 5 games back of leader Toronto through Thursday.

"We still have a chance," Cheeks said with a chuckle. "We were talking about that the other day that we have seven wins and the leader of our division (had) 12 wins. If we get one here or two there, we're right there."

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Allen Iverson's trade to Denver could cost him his usual All-Star game starting spot.

A fan favorite, Iverson has started in all seven of his appearances.

He was on track to start again before the Philadelphia 76ers dealt him earlier this month, but that's now in jeopardy. The NBA released its second set of voting results this week, and Iverson had 975,319 votes.

That would have been second in the Eastern Conference behind Miami's Dwyane Wade, but it's only third in the West behind Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.