Lavoy Allen out vs. Pistons with calf strain

Lavoy Allen out vs. Pistons with calf strain
January 10, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Lavoy Allen will be forced to sit for the first time this season with a calf strain. (USA Today Images)

Lavoy Allen will not play tonight against the Pistons and will be unavailable against the Knicks on Saturday as well. Allen has a calf strain that has him sidelined for the first time this season.

"If you go too fast and you rush it back, it can knock you out another six weeks," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "We just want to be smart with him."

No injury is ever timely, but Allen being sidelined against Detroit is especially unfortunate because the Pistons' frontcourt is big and the Sixers' frontline depth is minimal.

"We can spin legitimately three big guys around with Brandon [Davies], Spencer [Hawes] and Thaddeus [Young]," Brown said. "If we have to go to Evan [Turner] at a four or Hollis [Thompson] at a four -- and we will -- then it is small ball as we all know it. But even with our big ball, we are small."

Davies will likely hear his name early and should see time at backup center. Thompson will start as a two-guard but will play some minutes, as Brown mentioned, at the power forward spot.

Brown is putting his faith in small ball because it is his only choice and his guys are good at pushing the pace.

"They are everything we are not," Brown said. "If you are contrasting style of play and physicality and body types, that is what you will see tonight."