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- Thaddeus Young returns to the Sixers after missing three games due to a death in his family. Young has started all 12 games he has played this season, but coach Brett Brown was noncommittal on that subject. “I don’t want to do anything that’s going to be reckless with his health. You don’t just experience what he has experienced emotionally, what he hasn’t done physically, and then throw him into an NBA game,” Brown said. “I have to be smart with judging him and putting him in situations where he’s got a chance to do well. Obviously his fitness is going to be off, his rhythm is going to be off and I have to be smart with how I play him.”
- Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes will sit out a second straight game with a sore left knee.
- Magic forward Steve Tobias Harris, who has yet to play this season because of a high ankle sprain, will not play. Harris warmed up with the intention of starting Tuesday night in Atlanta, but could not play. After this, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said “we’ll see how he responds to treatment.”
- This is a matchup of the only two NBA rookies averaging in double figures. Michael Carter-Williams averages 17.3 points for the Sixers and the Magic’s Victor Oladipo averages 12.7.
- The Sixers have not played since Saturday night. This is the fourth game in five nights for the Magic.
- The Sixers are giving up a league-high 109.3 points per game. The Magic have given up 120 points three times.
- SIXERS LINEUP: Lavoy Allen, Evan Turner, Daniel Orton, James Anderson, Carter-Williams.
- MAGIC LINEUP: Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic, Oladipo, Jameer Nelson.
– Dick Scanlon