Sixers Notes: Sixers' Brand playing with a fracture in non-shooting hand

Posted: April 06, 2011

76ers Notes

BOSTON - 76ers power forward Elton Brand has played the last month with a fracture in his left hand.

Brand injured his non-shooting hand against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 9. Until Tuesday, the extent of the injury was unknown.

Brand has not missed a game with the injury and said before Tuesday night's game against the Boston Celtics that he didn't expect that to change. Part of the reason for concealing the fracture was to keep opposing teams from targeting the injury to take advantage.

"I feel I've been playing OK with it, and it's not a big deal," Brand said. "It's ironic we have Boston and then the Knicks [on Wednesday], and this comes out. As long as somebody doesn't bang it, it will be all right. That's why I was wearing the pad at first, but it's kind of annoying wearing that thing."

For the first few games after the injury, Brand tried to wear a protective covering.

Brand's numbers have dipped marginally since the injury. In the 13 games since, Brand has averaged 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. His season averages are 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds.

"It's fractured; it is what it is," said Brand, adding that the hand feels better and is less swollen than a month ago. "Like I've said, it's not prohibiting me from playing, so it's not a big deal."

Sixers coach Doug Collins said Brand is enjoying this stretch run so much - this will be his first playoff appearance as an active member of the Sixers - that he will not allow such an injury to keep him from the lineup.

"Elton would never say a word," Collins said. "That guy will never say a word; he'll never make an excuse. I mean, his hands are banged up, but he's not going to miss."

The new guy

Veteran guard Antonio Daniels, whom the Sixers signed to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, was on the active roster for Tuesday's game. Daniels wore jersey No. 22.

End of the road

The Celtics game was the Sixers' final road contest. The team's regular-season schedule ends with home games against the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons.

- Kate Fagan

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