The 76ers' Elton Brand, who strained his right hamstring in Tuesday night's loss in Washington, is sitting out a second game tonight and is not expected to play Sunday night in San Antonio. The plan is for him to resume competition Monday night in Dallas.
With Brand and Lou Williams out, coach Eddie Jordan is starting Jason Smith at power forward and rookie Jrue Holiday at point guard against the Atlanta Hawks. Williams is expected to miss two months with a broken jaw bone suffered Tuesday night in a collision with the Wizards' Antawn Jamison.
Of Brand, Jordan said he probably could have tried to play tonight but the coaching staff prefers to err on the side of caution.
Holiday made his first start in wsednesday night's loss in Boston.