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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia All-Star guard will miss the remainder of the regular season because of a right knee injury. "In light of where we are in the season, with only eight regular-season games remaining, we thought it best for Allen to rest his knee rather than risk additional problems," said general manager Billy King said.

Iverson has been bothered by swelling in his right knee and decided to seek a second opinion on Monday by visiting Dr. Russell Warren, the team physician for the New York Giants.

"Allen saw Dr. Warren in New York yesterday, who concurs with the diagnosis and treatment of Allen's ailing right knee," said team physician Dr. Jack McPhilemy. "Allen has been bothered by recurrent swelling in the right knee going back six weeks, and diagnostic studies have indicated some wear of the cartilage under the kneecap. Dr. Warren believes that this condition is likely to improve with rest and rehabilitation."

Iverson missed his fourth straight game on Sunday, as the suffered an 89-65 loss to the . The team's leading scorer has already sat out a career-high 26 contests this year because of various injuries and the are 12-14 without him.

In 48 games this season, Iverson averaged 26.4 points and 6.8 assists per outing.

Coming into Tuesday's game versus Golden State, Philadelphia has only eight games remaining in the 2003-04 campaign and trails by three games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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