This isn't exactly what Allen Iverson expected when he was traded to the DET.
After Sunday's 96-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the DET fell to a very average 6-6 since he was brought aboard from Denver in exchange for fan favorite Chauncey Billups and center Cheikh Samb.
Iverson was overjoyed at the time, as he was coming to the most talented team he has been a part of in his 13 seasons in the league.
But as Iverson sat at the podium following the latest setback, there was an obvious look of frustration on the future Hall of Famer's face.
"It's frustrating just losing one game," Iverson said. "I was frustrated with the first one we lost.
"All you can do is stay positive, stay focused, try to get done what you need to get done, and that's win ball games."
Iverson finished the game with only nine points on 2-for-9 shooting. He missed several lay-ups and had two shots erased by Portland's big center Greg Oden.
"Far as those easy shots, lay-ups and stuff like that, that's just all me," Iverson said. "I'm supposed to make them if I miss a whole year of basketball."
He is averaging 17.7 points per game for the DET, but the offense is still trying to get used to his game, as evidenced by the early 25-11 hole the DET dug for themselves against the Blazers.
Also, Iverson isn't used to playing reduced minutes; he has typically been in the position of having to carry teams.
"My rhythm is not there," Iverson said. "It's kind of a different situation for me.
"I'm sitting more than I usually do, more than I have for my career."
But Iverson is keeping the faith. He believes the timing, the rhythm and, more important, the wins, are coming.
"All you can do is stay with it and realize it's early in the season and we got to get back," Iverson said. "I'm positive and I got a lot of confidence in my game and I know it will come back."
SURGING MAXIE: Backup forward Jason Maxiell has played well of late, providing energy and explosive plays.
He contributed four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes against the Blazers, and he appears to have a spark in his game now.
Coach Michael Curry attributes his play to more practice time.
""The more we practice the better the bodies are, and the more active and alert they are to all situations," Curry said. "He's done a really good job and his activity has been off the charts. If he continues to do that, he makes us tough to beat."