Sixers Thad Young to Miss Extended Time With Injury
Doug Collins said that Thaddeus Young "could be out for a while" following Monday's win over Orlando after hurting his hamstring in the game.
An MRI revealed that Young suffered a Grade-1 hamstring strain and he is expected to miss three weeks.
He suffered the injury in the second quarter and had a noticeable limp when he was leaving the court.
Young told reporters that his hamstring injury "felt like a rubber band popping."
So who will pick up Young minutes at the power forward position in his absence?
The Sixers don't have much depth there, so expect Lavoy Allen to play more minutes at power forward and quite possibly rookie Arnett Moultrie, who played a career-high 12 minutes in Monday's win, logging four points, two rebounds and one block.
Back to Allen, who stepped into a bigger role after halftime, he may continue to play heavy minutes with Young possibly facing an extended absence and he responded with 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and three blocks, logging 30 minutes off the bench.
Another guy who will be counted on in Young's absence will be Spence Hawes. Playing 37 minutes, Hawes scored 21 points with 14 rebounds, three assists and one block in the win over the Magic - the Sixers are going to need both his scoring and rebounding to rise without Young.
The Sixers also learned today that they might be without the services of Jason Richardson for an extended time. Richardson is seeking a third opinion on his ailing knee, and coach Doug Collins said that he "will be out for a while."