Sixers forward Wilson Chandler will not play tonight when the Sixers host the Atlanta Hawks with a strain in his hamstring.

He had hoped to be back and ready to make his season debut on Saturday against the Hornets, but was still not healthy and ready to play after participating in the teams Friday practice as a partial participant.

While Chandler is out, head coach Brett Brown seems to be sticking with Robert Covington, who is averaging 35 minutes per game, a little more than anticipated.

The thought coming into the season, is that Chandler would cut into Covington's minutes once he is ready to return. He should add some upgraded wing defense, and some versatile scoring to the bench unit that is pretty inexperienced at the wing position outside of J.J. Redick.

While in Denver with the Nuggets, Chandler routinely found himself matched up with some of the opponents best offensive players.

Chandler averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with the Denver Nuggets last season, hitting on 35% of his three-point shots. .