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Williams back, Iverson getting closer

Lou Williams to return to starting lineup tomorrow in Washington, Allen Iverson expected back next Monday in Portland.

Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said after today's practice that he is looking to plug guard Lou Williams back in the starting lineup tomorrow night when the team travels to Washington to start a six-game road trip. Williams will join rookie Jrue Holiday in the backcourt and start along with forwards Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and center Sam Dalembert.

Williams broke his jaw in Washington on November 24 and returned for his first game action on Saturday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers when he had six points in close to 24 minutes off the bench.

In other injury news, Allen Iverson and Jordan both said Iverson would return to the lineup next Monday in Portland. Iverson has missed the past two games due to an arthritic left knee. Iverson said today that he had the knee drained three times in a five-day span. He had it drained before the December 16th game against Cleveland, then went out and collected 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Iverson said yesterday that the knee swelled up again after that game, and the decision was made to shut him down. He has been taking anti-inflammatory medicine and says the knee is feeling much better.