Sixers look to recover from long road trip
Tony Wroten has missed the Sixers' past two games with flu-like symptoms and a migraine headache. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers were back on the practice court Thursday afternoon following a day’s rest Wednesday. On the court was Tony Wroten, who had been sidelined the previous two games -- both losses -- with flu-like symptoms and a migraine headache.
“He came back fine,” Brett Brown said of Wroten. “He was Coach Wroten. He was with us for four games when we were rolling on the West Coast and then he was disgusted with what he saw with the Minnesota game and the Cleveland game. From time to time it is good for those guys to step back and see it from a different light.”
Wroten is the team’s backup point guard, so his absence had Brown juggling his rotations.
“It is challenging when your backup point guard and a 20-plus minute player goes down,” Brown said. “And because of the energy that he brings it was a challenge. With Tony out I decided to go with Evan as a backup point guard. To do that and not kill them both I had to pull one of them early and let the other one play.”
By “them” Brown is referring to Michael Carter-Williams and Turner. Carter-Williams played 37 minutes Tuesday night and scored a career-high 33 points. Turner, on the other hand, scored just four points and he played only 18 minutes. It was Turner’s third single-digit scoring output in his last 10 games. However, Turner is still the team’s leading scorer at 19 points per game.
“As opposed to keeping myself and Mike (Carter-Williams) out there a little bit longer and get things going a little faster, one of us had to sit early because we had to back up each other,” Turner said of the no-Wroten effect. “We definitely need a guy like Tony who can score and play defense and he helps lead the second squad.”
Wroten is one of five Sixers players averaging double-figure points at 14 per game, and he is the only one who does so in a reserve role.
“Our margin from the beginning has been minimal,” Spencer Hawes said. “If we have an injury or someone is slowed up it gets even smaller so we know that. That’s nothing new for us.”
Knowing it and being able to do something about being shorthanded are two different things.
Wroten is expected to play Friday against the Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers will look to snap their two-game losing streak against a Detroit team that has dropped six consecutive games.
Wroten has missed a total of four games this season and they have all been Sixers losses.