Archive: April, 2009
The NBA has suspended Orlando center Dwight Howard for Thursday's Game 6 against the Sixers for an elbow to the head of Samuel Dalembert. The suspension is without pay.
Howard, the Magic center, hit Dalembert, the Sixers center, with 9:15 remaining in the first period of Orlando’s 91-78 victory over the 76ers in Game 5 last night.
Marcus Hayes reporting in Orlando ...
Second-year Sixers forward Thaddeus Young might have taken offense to the Magic’s stated strategy on the final play Sunday night.
With just under 15 seconds to play in the tied game, Rashard Lewis, guarded by Young, set a screen near the top of the key for Hedo Turkoglu, who was guarded by veteran stopper Andre Iguodala. Turkoglu said afterward that the Magic’s strategy was, whoever wound up being guarded by Young would take the last shot.
Marcus Hayes reporting ...
ORLANDO – Magic center Dwight Howard said he will visit an eye doctor later today to examine his right eye but he doesn’t expect his vision issues to cost him any game or practice time.
Howard was slapped across both eyes by Samuel Dalembert on Sunday in Game 1 of the teams’ first-round playoff matchup.
The Boston Celtics will be without Ray Allen tonight against the 76ers.
Allen was suspended by the NBA for one game without pay for elbowing Cleveland Cavaliers forward
Anderson Varejao in the groin Sunday.
The incident occurred with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics' 107-76 loss.
Marcus Hayes reporting ...
The sprained ankle was stiff, and the bruised bone in the foot was sore, but both were manageable.
So, explosive forward Thaddeus Young will return to the court tonight for the Sixers when they host Boston in the home finale. Young missed the last seven games with those right foot problems. The Sixers went 2-5 without his scoring and defensive quickness.
Sixers guard Andre Miller suffered a right hand contusion and sprain during the game against Milwaukee on Thursday night. He is expected to play tomorrow against the Detroit Pistons.
X-rays taken on his hand this afternoon were negative. Miller was examined by team orthopedist and medical director Dr. Jack McPhilemy.
The right ankle injury 76ers forward Thaddeus Young sustained in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks is severe enough to keep him out 2 to 3 weeks, the Sixers said.
Young’s ankle bent at a grotesque angle when he went up to block a shot by the Hawks’ Josh Smith and his foot came down on Smith’s. X-rays were negative, but the results of an MRI show a right ankle sprain and bone bruise, according to Dr. Jack McPhilemy.
Young is on crutches and also wearing an air cast.