Hawes talks Sixers' struggles, Seahawks and MLK
Tony Wroten (left) and Brandon Davies (middle) each suffered injuries Saturday in Chicago in a Sixers loss to the Bulls. (AP)
WASHINGTON -- The Sixers play a much-improved Wizards team Monday afternoon. Washington has won three of its last four with a win over Miami and two over the Bulls, the very two teams that the Sixers lost to by a combined 40 points over their last two games.
Tony Wroten, who sprained his right ankle in Saturday's loss at Chicago, is in a walking boot and was unable to suit up for Monday's matinee in D.C. In 36 games, he is averaging 13 points and 3.3 rebounds.
There is good news though: The injury may not be as bad as it initially appeared when Wroten went down after Nazr Mohammed stepped on his ankle.
"It could linger for a while," head coach Brett Brown said. "However, there is not as much swelling as we expected and I do know that the pain level is not as high as we expected. I believe those are good signs that he may be back sooner than we originally thought as he laid on the floor for a minute."
Wroten missed two games earlier this season with a lower-back strain and another two games with flu-like symptoms.
Davies' status unclear
Brandon Davies was also unavailable for the Sixers Monday afternoon. Davies injured his finger in Saturday’s 25-point loss to the Bulls. The specifics of the finger injury are unclear.
“It is a finger problem that we are learning more about,” Brown said. “It is a little vague, but that is the way we have been advised to talk about it. We really don’t know much about it right now.”
Davies has appeared in 37 games for the Sixers, averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per contest.
The rookie power forward was part of a reserve group that, despite the team’s losing six of its last seven games, was certainly starting to form an identity.
“I think our bench has come in in two very disappointing games and played with tremendous spirit,” Brown said. “They are pressing and running and so on.”
Davies' best game of the season was on Friday in a loss to the Heat, when he scored a season-high nine points and grabbed four rebounds.