03/16/10 6:14 pm EST
Losing games and adding ping pong balls with their logo on it to the Draft Lottery machine just got a little easier for the 76ers as Thaddues Young (13. 8 & 6 a night) who started last night, is out for the foreseeable future with a broken thumb. He joins Louis and Mo Speights on the Sixers injury list. All three are listed as doubtful for the Sixers game against the Nets on Wednesday.
It’s a bit of a shame that the injury happened to Thad at this point in the season as he had finally pieced together some quality nights recently including a 32-point effort at Toronto on March 7th. We’re willing bet his late season up swing would have continued to as his minutes were sure to rise under the directive from above to play the bench cats major minutes. Typically when he gets a lot of burn, Thad produces and a late season surge would have been great for a player we feel had his confidence ruined by Eddie Jordan. Thus we’re disappointed by the news as Thad could have used a positive end to 2009-10 as something to build on for next year.
“Young Smoove” suffered the thumb injury last night during the 1st quarter of the Sixers loss to the Knicks. When he left the court in the 1st Q it was originally reported that Young had a cracked finger nail on his right thumb. Young started the second half but was forced to leave the court in the early 3rd quarter after reopening the wound. As he departed the court, Young left a trail of blood on the floor which caused a delay in the action. Acting more like a hockey player then an NBA star, Young returned again in the fourth quarter with the thumb heavily bandaged. He ended the night with 6 points and 2 boards.