The Philadelphia 76ers surprisingly started the year incredibly strong after a .500 year last season that saw them getting pushed out of the playoffs in the first round by the Miami Heat.
The Sixers have lost their last five, but still hold on to first place in the Atlantic Division (and fourth in the conference), 3.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks.
It remains to be seen if the Sixers can turn things around, but they'll have to do it without reinforcements at center for the time being. Center Spencer Hawes, who has missed 19 of the last 20 games with a strained left Achilles' tendon, will be out for at least another two weeks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
That means Philly will have rookie center Lavoy Allen starting for a little longer, the paper notes.
In the 14 games Hawes has played this season, he has generated 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. The 6-9 Allen is averaging 5.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game.