US PresswireThe Philadelphia 76ers have shocked more than a few people this season as they currently lead the Atlantic Division by 3½ games and are third best in the Eastern Conference. In the team's past four games, it has beaten some biggies: the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
Next up for the Sixers are the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers Friday. The word from the Philadelphia Inquirer is that the team could be without center Spencer Hawes and power forward Elton Brand. Hawes had an MRI Tuesday on his hurting lower back and a sore Achilles tendon, the paper notes, and Brand has a sprained thumb that kept him out of the victory over the Lakers Monday.
Brand said Tuesday that he's aiming to play against the Spurs, but coach Doug Collins may be convinced by others not to send him out onto the floor just yet: "It depends on who gets to coach first," Brand said, according to the Inquirer. "If I get to him first, [the chance of playing] goes up. I feel like I might need to play tomorrow with what's going on with the team, so we'll see."