Sixers Notes: 76ers' Silas hurts head in summer-league finale vs. Pistons

The 76ers' Terrence Jennings shoots past Detroits' Vernon Macklin in the last game of the summer league. JOHN RAOUX / AP
The 76ers' Terrence Jennings shoots past Detroits' Vernon Macklin in the last game of the summer league. JOHN RAOUX / AP
Posted: July 14, 2012

ORLANDO - The 76ers' week in the Orlando Pro Summer League came to a close with a scary moment Friday afternoon.

Shooting guard Xavier Silas, 24, left the game against the Detroit Pistons with what appeared to be a head injury after he collided with several players and fell into a row of chairs courtside.

Late Friday night the Sixers said Silas will undergo surgery Saturday to fuse several frontal sinus fractures. There was no timetable for his return.

The Sixers went 1-4 in the summer league, and the predominant story line involved the injuries to some of their top young players.

Rookie forward Maurice Harkless, who was taken 15th overall in the NBA draft, was limited to two games by a hip flexor strain. Second-year center Nik Vucevic (sore Achilles tendon) and rookie big man Arnett Moultrie (not on the summer-league roster with an ankle injury) did not participate in a single game.

While the injuries to Harkless and Moultrie hindered the team's play and prevented the Sixers brass from making a full evaluation, the absence of the two rookies allowed some under-the-radar players to make an impact.

"Other guys got a chance to showcase their talents," said Sixers assistant coach Aaron McKie, who also acted as the summer-league head coach. "Obviously we would have wanted to have the rookies we drafted play, but they were hurt. They have a long way to go, so we'll get to see them the rest of the summer. . . . Their string is a little bit longer than a lot of these other guys."

McKie said power forward Devin Searcy, combo guard Jacob Pullen, and small forward Justin Holiday (Sixers guard Jrue's older brother) were the undrafted players who helped themselves the most during the week.

"In my mind, we had a handful of pros that were on our team. It's just about getting into the right situation," McKie said.

Searcy (6-foot-10, 226 pounds) was quiet during the first three games, but the 22-year-old came on late to produce double-doubles Thursday and Friday. He provided a lot of energy and athleticism.

Pullen (6-1, 200) had strong performances Monday and Tuesday (averaging 19 points), but the 23-year-old was then hampered the rest of the week with a foot injury.

Justin Holiday (6-6, 185) did a lot of things well on both ends of the court, and the 23-year-old was consistent all week long.

The Sixers ended the week with a 71-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons Friday.

Play of the day

Forward Terrence Jennings had a ferocious block on a Detroit guard that drew some oohs and aahs from the crowd.

Upside

Searcy finished the week strong and could have earned an invitation to an NBA team's training camp with his showing on Friday (10 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks).

Downside

Silas' apparent head injury ended the week on a bad note.

Quote

McKie on the Sixers' summer-league performance: "We may not have gotten the results we wanted as far as the wins, but as far as the guys executing plays offensively and defensively, they did all that, and I was happy for them."


Inquirer staff writer John N. Mitchell contributed to this article.

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