Sixers look to recover from long road trip
Lavoy Allen is averaging 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. (AP)
The Sixers welcomed Tony Wroten back to the mix after an illness had him sidelined the last two games (see story), but they may still be shorthanded Friday night when they host the Pistons.
“We have Lavoy [Allen] who is up in the air with regards to his fitness,” Brett Brown said after Thursday’s practice. “And we have Lorenzo [Brown] somewhere on the other side of the country with the NBDL and we have a thin team. We are not deep. We’re not experienced, we have some things that matter physically.”
Brett Brown says he expects seldom-used point guard Lorenzo Brown, who was re-assigned to the NBA Developmental League on Thursday, to be back with the Delaware 87ers on Friday.
As for Allen, he has played in all 35 games this season but in each of the last two contests he seemed to be bothered by a sore right calf.
“We are monitoring his calf. He had a minor tweak,” Brown said. “The judgement is, is it a strain or a calf pull? We’ll determine that when Kevin Johnson, our trainer, comes back.
“There may have been a little bit of hangover from the Minnesota game but it became apparent more so in the Cavaliers game.”
Allen averages 18.5 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing 5.4 rebounds. He did play 18 minutes Tuesday, but scored just one basket and had three rebounds.
If Allen cannot play Brown will certainly have challenges trying to match Detroit’s big frontcourt. The only other backup big man on the Sixers' roster is Brandon Davies, after the team waived 6-10 center Daniel Orton Tuesday.
The Pistons' Andre Drummond (6-10) and Greg Monroe (6-11) average 22 rebounds combined. And Detroit, as a team, averages 14.4 offensive rebounds, which is tops in the NBA.
“Their size, it is hard for us to improve on that,” Brown said knowing that in a previous meeting against the Pistons his team was outrebounded 57-41. “We have to box out the league’s number one offensive rebounding team. They actually do a great job of turning you over, too. They get into some lanes, they do it with their length. When we are really down on the scoreboard you can tie a lot into turnovers as a reason for that. So we have to care for the ball.”
The Sixers committed 20 turnovers leading to 26 points in Detroit’s 115-100 win on Dec. 1. Drummond had 31 points and 19 rebounds with 13 of those rebounds coming at the offensive end.