As if losing five of the past seven games wasn't bad enough for the Sixers and coach Doug Collins, this morning at the team's shootaround at FedEx Forum in Memphis he announced that forward Elton Brand would miss the next two games (tonight against the Grizzlies and tomorrow in Houston) due to a sprained right thumb.
Brand hurt the thumb a couple of weeks ago and has been trying to play through the pain. But in Sunday's loss in Minnesota, Brand hurt it again trying to block a dunk attempt by 6-11, 290-pound Nikola Pekovic.
"He's probably going to be missing the next two games with that tumb," said Collins. "He reinjured it against Minnesota late in the game when he tried to block that play by Pekovic. We'll be without him the next two nights. Hopefully over the All-Star break that will give it a chance to calm that thing down."
After tomorrow's game in Houston, the team will be on break until they meet in Detroit on Monday for a practice before playing the Pistons on Tuesday night.