Allen Iverson did not make the trip to Boston with the team for tonight's game against the Celtics, because of a troublesome left knee that was drained twice this week. The team said on its injury report he has arthritis in the knee.

Iverson also suffered a bruised left shoulder in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

Lou Williams returned to the practice floor yesterday after having the wires cut from his broken jaw on Wednesday. He probably will need a little while to get back in shape, as his eating habits were severely changed with his jaw wired shut, though he might try to give it a shot tomorrow against the Clippers.

And finally, Marreese Speights reported no problems after seeing his first action Wednesday after missing a month because of a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Speights had 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench. *

- Bob Cooney