Injuries are taking a major toll on the Philadelphia 76ers now. Starting center Spencer Hawes and sixth-man Tony Wroten are the latest casualties. The list is expanding every week and the Sixers are playing better than expected. Hawes is dealing with a left knee injury while Wroten is resting a lower back injury. Both sat out Saturday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Sixers clearly miss both players despite giving a good fight all season, the Pacers being the latest team to experience a tough opponent. The Pacers thought they could easily beat the Sixers, but struggled to put them away. They still won 106-98. The Sixers were missing three key players as well as Nerlens Noel and scorer Jason Richardson. The Pacers were only missing Danny Granger.
Michael Carter-Williams, Lavoy Allen, Evan Turner and James Anderson delivered, but if they suffer injuries on top of the current list of injured players, expect some major blow outs. Carter-Williams and Turner have stepped up their game.
The problematic area the Sixers need to fix is their interior defense. They allowed Pacers starting center Roy Hibbert to score 27 points, grab 13 rebounds and block six shots. The Sixers starting front court of Allen and Daniel Orton combined for 14 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks.
The Sixers will need to either sign another big man or cut down on risking injury to their big men as they are currently down to four left who are healthy.
Their next opponent is the Orlando Magic, who gave the two-time defending champion Miami Heat a game Saturday night. The Sixers will have to focus on stopping former Sixer Nikola Vucevic and shot blocking power forward Kyle O’Quinn, both of whom have been an inside presence.