Sixers forward Elton Brand suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the third quarter tonight against Milwaukee. Brand had an MRI exam after the game and was not available to the media.
It certainly looks like Brand could be out of the lineup for a while.
"Unbelievable," president/general manager Ed Stefanski said in the locker room.
Brand left the game with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter. He got caught on a pump fake and flipped over the Bucks' Luc Mbah a Moute and landed awkwardly on the floor as both men hit the floor. Brand got up and went directly to the locker room. The Sixers announced the injury a few minutes later.
"That would be a big blow," interim coach Tony DiLeo said about a possible prolonged absence by Brand. "Usually, teams can compensate for a short amount of time, but then it usually catches up to teams. If he's not there, if it's an extended period of time, that would be a big blow."
Brand played 22 minutes with four points and six rebounds. On the season, Brand is averaging a team-high 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23 games.
The Sixers ended up winning the game, 93-88, to give DiLeo his second consecutive win since taking over as interim coach for the fired Maurice Cheeks.