The injury hits just keep coming for the 76ers, though this latest one actually occurred nearly a month ago.
Following an overtime loss to Oklahoma City on March 9, coach Doug Collins said forward Elton Brand had been "karate chopped" on the back of his left hand. The hand was noticeably swollen the next few days and Brand temporarily wore protective padding.
Turns out Brand suffered a "very minor fracture" to the hand, a team source said. Though it has been bothersome, especially when you consider he has dislocated the pinkie on his right hand twice this season, Brand has pushed forward and says that is what he will continue to do.
"It's been the same. It is what it is," Brand said with a shrug. "Like I said, it's not preventing me from playing. It's not a big deal. It feels better. It's not as swollen. It really hasn't been an issue for me."
Since incurring the injury, Brand had averaged 13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and shot 47.1 percent from the floor in 34.3 minutes entering last night's game. Those numbers are below his season averages of 14.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 50.9 percent from the floor. The Sixers were 7-6 in those games.
"As long as somebody doesn't bang it, it will be all right," Brand said with a laugh. "Funny how this came out now when we're playing the Celtics, who we could meet in the playoffs, and then the Knicks [tonight]."
Collins has stated that he'd love to get Brand some rest down the stretch, but that the team's leading scorer and rebounder wouldn't go for it.
"I think he's having as much fun playing basketball now as he ever has," Collins said.
Brand playing through 'minor fracture' in left hand
Philly.com | Apr 6