The Sixers could get a double boost in the lineup tonight when they welcome Thaddeus Young and possibly Spencer Hawes back.

Young left the team last Wednesday to deal with a difficult family matter. He flew into Orlando this morning and met up with the team at its morning film session.

“My biggest concern is his health,” Brett Brown said. “I want to respect his health. I don’t think you take that volume of time off and have the weight of what was going on with family situations and spin it into a 30-minute game.”

Young did not speak to the media after shootaround on Wednesday, but Brown shared a conversation he had with veteran starting power forward.

“I asked him, 'Do you want to play? How do you want to be used?'” Brown recalled. “I told him I will make the final decision but I want your opinion, and he said whatever you want but I definitely want to play and so now it is on me.”

During Young's three-game absence, the Sixers went 1-2.

“It is huge,” Spencer Hawes said about having Young back. “As great as our effort was playing in Indiana the other night, it is great to have a guy like Thad back because of the mismatches he can create on offense and his unique skill set for us on the defensive end.”

Young is averaging 14.3 points in 12 games, all starts, this year. He also started all 76 of the games in which he saw action last season.

But he can bring scoring and energy and be that same nightmare mismatch coming off the bench -- as he showed for two years when he finished in the top six in Sixth Man of the Year voting twice.