Status of Hawes, Wroten uncertain for Magic game

The Sixers' Spencer Hawes has a sore left knee. He may miss Wednesday's game against the Magic.
The Sixers' Spencer Hawes has a sore left knee. He may miss Wednesday's game against the Magic. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: November 27, 2013

The 76ers are not counting on Spencer Hawes or Tony Wroten to play in Wednesday's road game against the Orlando Magic.

Hawes was a late scratch Saturday before a 106-98 setback to the Indiana Pacers because of left knee soreness. Wroten also missed the game with a lower back strain.

Hawes hurt his knee Friday when he slipped on a wet spot in the fourth quarter of a 115-107 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Wroten hurt his back in the middle of last week. The strain forced him to leave Friday's game in the third quarter.

"I'm told that I should not expect anything," coach Brett Brown said Monday after practice. "They may play in Orlando. But we are not sure. Right now, Spencer did not practice. Tony did not practice."

Thaddeus Young has left the team while he deals with the death of a family member. It is not known when the 6-foot-8 power forward will return.

Only nine players participated Monday in practice.

"We played a lot of half-court stuff," Brown said. "You can still get stuff done. You pick a theme and you get it done.

"This is such a rare opportunity. We have a few days, we come in and we say: What do we want to get done? We have two days [before the Orlando game]."

Brown said the Sixers used the time to clean up a few areas they need to work on. The team should get a boost when the three players return to action.

Averaging 16.8 points a game, Hawes ranks third on the team in scoring behind Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams. The 7-1 center/power forward also averages 10.3 rebounds and is shooting a team-best 49.1 percent on three-pointers.

Young, who missed the last three games, is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. The 6-6 Wroten is averaging 12.6 points and 3.4 assists as the backup point guard and sixth man.

Hawes and Wroten both said they were feeling better and hope to play against the Magic. However, neither wants to rush back too soon.

"Sometimes, you have to see how the body responds," Hawes said. "We are doing everything we can. So hopefully, [the injury] turns around by then."


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