Friday morning’s shoot around was the first time, Spencer Hawes said, that his left knee felt fine since he was sidelined last Saturday.
The Sixers center hopes to be available on Friday night when the team hosts Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Hopefully, I’ll go through the stuff before the game, get the OK and be ready to go,” Hawes said after the team’s practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Hawes has missed the last two games – both were losses – and is averaging 16.8 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Hawes said he expects Holiday’s return to be emotional for the fourth-year guard. The Sixers traded Holiday in June for the rights to first-round pick Nerlens Noel and the Pelican’s protected-first round draft pick in 2014.
“When I got traded and went back to Sacramento for the first time, it was the same way for me,” said Hawes. “Especially when you’ve been in a place for a few years. It will be good for him to come back.”
Young looks to start. Thaddeus Young returned to the Sixers on Wednesday, but was left out of the starting lineup. Young had missed the previous three games as he returned home after his nephew died in a car accident.
The 25-year-old power forward said he adapted “a sixth-man mentality” as he scored 26 points in 28 minutes, three-points shy of his season high. But coming off the bench is not something Young said he likes to do.
“It’s definitely not something I would want to go back to,” said Young. "I’d rather start games off in the game. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back out there and getting back into the flow of the game.”