76ers' Thaddeus Young to miss three weeks with hamstring strain

Posted: February 07, 2013

Thaddeus Young was told he could expect to miss about three weeks with a hamstring injury, yet the sixth-year 76ers forward was trying to look on the bright side.

An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 left hamstring strain that occurred in the second quarter of Monday's 78-61 win over the visiting Orlando Magic.

"Considering how it felt and me feeling like a rubber band popping, you think it's much worse than it is," Young said Tuesday after the Sixers finished practice. "You just thank God it wasn't a season-ending injury or that I could have been out two months."

With hamstrings, nobody knows for sure. But in this case, the Sixers felt fortunate to receive a lower grade.

"If it was Grade 3, you are starting to talk about a long period of time," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "If there is any ray of sunshine, it's that it is occurring during the all-star break."

The Sixers have four games until the all-star break, the last one next Wednesday at Milwaukee. They resume action Feb. 20 at Minnesota.

If Young is back Feb. 26 - three weeks from Tuesday - he would have missed seven games.

Young has long been one of Collins' favorite players and, after serving as a super sub last season, returned to the starting lineup. He started all 47 games for the 21-26 Sixers and is averaging 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

"It can be devastating to see a guy go down, especially me going down, being a part of the team the way I have all season long, being consistent and just trying to bring energy each and every night," Young said. "Now we have to look for other guys to try to fill that void."

One of the "other guys" could be 6-foot-11 rookie Arnett Moultrie, who played a season-high 11 minutes, 43 seconds in Monday's win, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds.

Notes. The Sixers will be going for a season-best fourth straight win when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. . . . The Sixers have won three consecutive games three times this season. . . . Because of a schedule quirk, the Pacers will be playing their third game in three nights. A game with Chicago that was scheduled for Dec. 26 but postponed because of inclement weather was rescheduled for Monday in Indiana, and the Pacers won, 111-101. Indiana beat visiting Atlanta, 114-103, on Tuesday. . . . Wildwood High graduate Frank Vogel has done an outstanding job as the Pacers coach. Now in his second full season and third overall, he took a 91-61 career mark into Tuesday's game.

Contact Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com or @sjnard on Twitter.

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