No Brand Today, Either

No Elton Brand today, either.

The 76ers have decided not to activate Elton Brand for this afternoon's game against the Dallas Mavericks, allowing more time for his injured right shoulder to heal.

This is the 16th game the 6-9 power forward has missed since suffering a dislocation of his right shoulder Dec. 17 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He has resumed practicing and has been doing extra before games, either in three-on-three halfcourt scrimmages or going through drills.

Coach Tony DiLeo, in concert with Brand and the team's medical staff, made the decision, in part, because the Sixers do not have another game until Saturday night when they host the New York Knicks in the Wachovia Center. That has become the new target date for  Brand's return, although DiLeo would not even fully commit to that.

The Sixers are riding a seven-game winning streak, their longest since 2002-03, are 9-6 in the absence of Brand and are 11-6 under DiLeo.

At the same time, former Hatboro-Horsham High star Matt Carroll is making his debut with the Mavericks. The 6-6 guard was acquired Jan. 16 by the Mavericks with center Ryan Hollins from Charlotte for center DeSagana Diop. Carroll was averaging 4.1 points in 14.0 minutes in 34 appearances with the Bobcats.