It appears very unlikely that starting center Spencer Hawes will play against the New Jersey Nets at the Center on Wednesday night, which could be the fifth straight game the Sixers have been without their big man in the lineup. Nursing a strained Achilles, which stemmed from some lower back issues, head coach Doug Collins will not rush back Hawes.

The same goes for rookie big man Nikola Vucevic, who injured the area around his knee and quad last Saturday in Miami. Vucevic missed Monday's game against the Wizards and he probably will be a no-go for Wednesday's game, too.