Well there goes another one down.
Sixers Director of Public Relations, Michael Preston, said it best:
#Sixers center Kwame Brown suffered a left calf strain early in the third quarter tonight vs. Knicks and will not return.
— Michael Preston (@preston76) November 6, 2012
This poses a major problem to this Sixers team already having a lacking frontcourt with the absence of star center Andrew Bynum. Without many resources left the only valuable options to chose from are in the forms of Lavoy Allen & Spencer Hawes, the latter came out in a tremendous first game effort and scored double-double figures to solidify his presence in the rotation. Allen on the other hand hasn’t started off as strong in the first few games of the season, as he’s barely averaging five points per game.
Brown made his first NBA start against the Knicks only finishing with 4 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes played before making his early exit.
In Brown’s absence, forward Thaddeus Young took over in the frontcourt, finishing with a double-doubel (14 points & 10 rebounds). Guard Jrue Holiday also finished with a very strong performance, completing the game with a team-high of 17 points and 8 assists as he continues to concretely make his way into the upper echelon of NBA point guards.
As long as Brown is out of play between games, the role for a leader in the frontcourt has opened and can be easily filled by numerous bodies in the rotation. The hope is continued that the Sixers find their leader on the boards and push towards playoff numbers.