Saturday, February 6, 2016

Brand Back On The Court

Elton Brand, who has missed the 76ers' last 12 games, was back on the practice court today iin halfcourt contact work.

Brand Back On The Court

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Elton Brand was back on the practice court today, involved in contact drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated right shoulder Dec. 17. He indicated that he has been told by the 76ers' medical staff that returning Wednesday night against Portland is pretty much out, but he's clearly getting signficantly closer.

In the portion of practice that reporters viewed from the second floor of the facility at Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Brand didn't seem to be favoring the shoulder. He set screens, he took shots, he dropped in a two-handed dunk on a pass from Willie Green.

"I was encouraged,'' coach Tony DiLeo said. ''I didn't see him shy away at all. He used both arms, he went up to block shots, he shot the ball. (His return) is for the doctors' opinion, the medical staff. I think it's more of a day-to-day thing. We're going to monitor it . . . We'll reevaluate after tomorrow's practice.

The Sixers, currently on a four-game winning streak, are 6-6 in the absence of Brand. They're 8-6 under DiLeo, the replacement for the fired Maurice Cheeks.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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