Sixers turning heads against strong teams
Tony Wroten is the Sixers' fifth-leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game. (USA Today Images)
For the last two games, it has been all hands on deck for Brett Brown’s Sixers. But that hasn’t left many options for the coach.
With leading rebounder and three-point shooter Spencer Hawes out with a sore knee, sixth man Tony Wroten nursing a strained back and starter Thad Young tending to a family matter, the Sixers had 10 players available for the second half last Friday vs. Milwaukee and just nine in uniform in Saturday’s game in Indianapolis.
On Wednesday night in Orlando, the Sixers will have at least one player back and maybe even two.
Brown says Wroten will be ready to play against the Magic on Wednesday night after going through the team’s practice session on Tuesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The 6-foot-6 guard strained his back during Friday’s overtime victory over the Bucks and sat out the second half and the entire game on Saturday.
Hawes missed Saturday’s game with a sore knee and did not participate in the full team practice on Tuesday. However, Hawes took part in some team drills during the workout and could be available to play against the Magic.
Young, the longest-tenured player on the team, still has not rejoined the team. There is no timetable for his return.
“Spencer practiced, but not to contact. Tony is good to go,” Brown said.
Wroten is the fifth-leading scorer on the Sixers with 12.6 points per game. He also averages 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and gets a steal per game. In 14 games with four starts, Wroten is shooting 41.2 percent from the field, and he notched a triple-double in the Nov. 13 overtime victory over the Rockets.
Hawes is off to the best start of his career, scoring 16.8 points per game. He leads the team with 26 total three-pointers and 10.3 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 49.1 percent from beyond the three-point line.
Young has missed the last three games and left the team following the Nov. 18 game in Dallas.