Before tonight’s preseason game with the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 76ers coach Doug Collins said that guard Jason Richardson won’t play. Earlier today the team announced that center Kwame Brown won’t play due to a left calf strain.
Collins is giving Richardson rest after the team had off from practice on Tuesday.
"JRich has a little tendinitis in his knee and with yesterday off, hopefully he will be ready to go,” Collins said before the game. “He wants to play the last two back-to-back games.”
Dorell Wright will start tonight in place of Richardson.
As for Brown, this has been a difficult preseason. He previously was suffering from back spasms.
With Andrew Bynum still out while resting his sore knees, Lavoy Allen is the Sixers top option at center.
Brown has appeared in two of the Sixers preseason games, averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.
While Bynum is expected to return to Oct. 24, nobody knows for sure whether he will be up to speed for the Oct. 31 opener against the Denver Nuggets.
Bynum was at the Sixers shootaround this morning but was not available for comment.
With the uncertainty concerning Bynum, Brown’s role becomes even more important.
Allen, meanwhile has averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds in 27.7 minutes during his three preseason appearances.