Thad Young still recovering from hamstring strain

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Thad Young still recovering from hamstring strain

Lost beneath the latest update on Andrew Bynum on Tuesday, Sixers head coach Doug Collins said he doesn’t believe injured forward Thad Young will be able to return in time for Sunday’s game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Out since Feb. 4 with a Grade I hamstring strain, Young was expected to miss at least three weeks. However, after responding to treatment and going through some drills with the team during Monday’s practice, Collins thought Sunday could be the earliest Young would return.

But after Tuesday’s practice, Collins changed his tune a little bit.

“He jogged a little bit and picked it up a little bit, so that was encouraging,” Collins said. “I’m hoping he continues on that path. I know [athletic trainer Kevin Johnson] talked about New York, but I think it would be much more likely for Orlando [on Feb. 26]. I think it will be three weeks this weekend.”

Without Young, the Sixers are 1-3 with losses in their last two games.

Richardson has successful surgery
Veteran guard Jason Richardson underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a quarter-sized hole in the cartilage behind his left knee in New York City.

The procedure was performed by orthopedist Dr. Jonathan Glashow at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. According to the Sixers, Glashow “repaired an articular cartilage lesion on the medial femoral condyle.”

Richardson will need 9 to 12 months of recovery from the surgery.

Nerlens Noel assigned to D-League again for practice

Nerlens Noel assigned to D-League again for practice

Nerlens Noel is going back to the D-League to continue his left knee rehab.

The Sixers assigned Noel to their Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, on Friday to practice with the team. Noel also practiced with the Sevens on Wednesday before his first practice with the Sixers on Thursday.

This season the Sixers have been utilizing their D-League affiliation as a resource during injury recoveries. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) practiced twice with the team ahead of his season debut.

Noel underwent elective arthroscopic knee surgery in October. On Thursday he participated in live work and scripting with the Sixers. After practice, he maintained his stance on the Sixers crowded frontcourt. 

“I don't think the roster's changed,” Noel said Thursday. “So, I don't think the roster's changed.”

The Sixers do not practice on Friday. They have a morning shootaround before their game against the Magic at 7p.m.

Best of NBA: Rockets snap Warriors' 12-game win streak in 2OT

Best of NBA: Rockets snap Warriors' 12-game win streak in 2OT

OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Warriors 132-127 in double overtime Thursday night to end Golden State's 12-game winning streak.

Harden put his team ahead on a 30-footer with 3:12 left in the second overtime and hit a pair of free throws with 2:10 to go following a flagrant foul on Draymond Green.

Eric Gordon scored 23 off the bench as Houston snapped an eight-game skid to the Warriors, who lost MVP Stephen Curry with 3:25 left in the last extra session when he was whistled for a charge. Ryan Anderson also scored 29 with five 3-pointers and the teams combined to shoot 88 3s, 44 apiece.

Kevin Durant matched his season high with 39 points to go with 13 rebounds. Green had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists (see full recap).

Clippers cruise past Cavaliers
CLEVELAND -- J.J. Redick scored 23 points, Blake Griffin matched a career high with 11 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers bounced back from a brutal loss with a 113-94 victory on Thursday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost two straight for the first time as defending NBA champions.

Chris Paul scored 16 and DeAndre Jordan had 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who blew an 18-point lead and fell in double overtime at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Los Angeles took control with a 13-2 run to open the third quarter.

Kyrie Irving scored 28 and LeBron James 16 for the Cavs, who were outplayed for the second game in a row. Cleveland lost at Milwaukee on Tuesday, when coach Tyronn Lue pulled his starters in the second half and J.R. Smith wandered off the floor during play and gave up an easy basket (see full recap).

Shorthanded Grizzlies hold off Magic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Gasol's free throws completed a 14-point comeback in the fourth quarter as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

Troy Daniels finished with 19 points for the short-handed Grizzlies, who dressed nine players due to injuries. Andrew Harrison had 11 points and eight assists.

Evan Fournier scored 28 points for the Magic, while Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Green scored 12 of his 14 points early in the fourth as Orlando built a double-digit lead (see full recap).