Center Spencer Hawes said following this morning’s shootaround that he would not play in tonight’s 76ers game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center. Hawes is suffering from an Achilles injury that forced him to miss Wednesday’s 108-104 overtime loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets.
“I am out tonight and hopefully another day or two and I will be back and won’t have to worry about it,” Hawes said.
When asked if he would make the trip to Miami for tomorrow’s game with the Heat, Hawes said he wasn’t sure.
Coach Doug Collins seemed to be leaning toward leaving Hawes at home on Saturday.
“My guess is that Spencer is not going to be able to play (Saturday),” Collins said. “If he doesn’t go to Miami and stays back here, getting treatment will be critical.”
The Sixers have five home games in an eight-day period, beginning with Monday’s matchup with the Washington Wizards.
“I am hoping and praying we can get Spencer back, (when) we have the five home games next week,” Collins said. “This game tonight and those five home games next week will really give you a lot of direction on what we are going to be able to do.”
Besides Washington, Sixers will also New Jersey on Wednesday, Charlotte on Friday, Detroit on Saturday and Orlando on Monday, Jan. 30.
“Not to put any extra emphasis on that, but you are at home and playing teams that you have already played before and had some success against,” Collins said. “So we need Spencer to get back.”