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Elton Brand has been playing with a small fracture in his hand

Elton Brand has a "very minor fracture" in the back of his right hand, according to a team source.

Elton Brand has been playing with a small fracture in his hand

Elton Brand is playing with a fracture in his left hand. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Elton Brand is playing with a fracture in his left hand. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Following the Sixers home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 9, coach Doug Collins said that forward Elton Brand had gotten "karate chopped" on the back of his left hand and that the hand was very sore.

In subsequent games, Brand was wearing padding to protect the hand, which was noticeably swollen for a few days after. Turns out, Brand suffered a "very minor fracture," a team source said. Brand has not missed any time since the injury and shed the protective padding in the middle of a loss to Utah, just three games later.

Perhaps the toughest player on the team, Brand hasn't shown a dropoff in minutes played since incurring the injury, but has seen his points per game average dip from 15.2 to 14.9 and his rebounding average go from 8.7 to 8.4.

The Sixers are not releasing a statement about the injury.

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Bob Cooney
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