Sixers Notes: Nocioni needed a helping hand

Posted: January 09, 2011

76ers Notes

DETROIT, Mich. - Andre Nocioni, fingers taped together on his right hand, needed some help lacing up his Nikes.

In the 76ers' locker room about 90 minutes before the start of Saturday night's game against the Detroit Pistons, Nocioni sat in front of his locker and asked rookie Evan Turner, sitting to his left, if Turner wouldn't mind lending a healthy hand.

Typical veteran move, requesting the rookie's help in a demeaning task, but Turner balked.

Couldn't Nocioni figure out a way around the broken and dislocated middle right finger? Surely he didn't really need the rookie's help?

Nocioni persisted, Turner resisted, and eventually a member of the team's support staff came over and did what Turner wouldn't.

Whether or not Nocioni was physically incapable of the chore, his sneakers got tied, and he was in Saturday's starting lineup.

In the first quarter of Friday night's game, Nocioni fractured and dislocated the middle finger on his right hand and returned to the game at the start of the third quarter.

When asked how many NBA players would have returned to Friday's game, Sixers coach Doug Collins said, "Not many."

Halt on Brackins

Given the injuries to center Tony Battie (shoulder), swingman Andre Iguodala (Achilles tendinitis), center Spencer Hawes (back), and Nocioni (finger), the Sixers decided against sending rookie Craig Brackins to the NBA Development League. On Saturday, the Sixers were scheduled to send Brackins to the Springfield Armor for his second stint in the D-League, but the team decided to keep him as insurance against injuries.

Staying strong

Collins and the Sixers (15-21) weren't oblivious to the difficulty of Saturday night's game, the second in as many nights, against the Pistons (11-24).

"You'd really like to have been able to go home, kick back, and enjoy that," Collins said of the win over the Bulls. "But now you're on the plane and coming to Detroit. We just have to find a way to muster up that same kind of energy." - Kate Fagan

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