Robinson, Canaan, Richardson out against Hornets
CHARLOTTE – Call them the shorthanded 76ers.
The Sixers (18-58) have played numerous games this season without the full complement of players due to injuries. Saturday night's game the Charlotte Hornets will be another one of those moments.
Isaiah Canaan (sprained right foot), Thomas Robinson (twisted left ankle) and Jason Richardson (rest) will miss the matchup at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The Sixers (18-58) will have 10 available players since Tony Wroten (knee) and Joel Embiid (foot) are already out. Embiid has missed the entire season while rehabilitating.
Canaan and Robinson suffered their injuries in Wednesday's 106-93 setback to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
Canaan left Saturday morning's shootaround with a walking boot on his right foot. He did not participate in the shootaround.
"Canaan is most definitely out the next two games and probably longer," said coach Brett Brown, whose squad will face the New York Knicks on Easter Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "Thomas is out for the next two games because of his ankle and [Richardson is out Saturday] because we are put in a situation where he can't go on back to back games."
The 14th-year returned to the court Feb. 20 for the first time in more than two years after suffering a cartilage tear the size of a quarter in the right side of his kneecap in January 2013. He missed Monday's 113-111 overtime setback to the Los Angeles Lakers with swelling and soreness in his knee. Richardson returned Wednesday and went scoreless in six minutes against the Wizards.
"I am going to play him tomorrow," Brown said. "You always get choices of back-to-backs, and I feel like we are going to sit him tonight and get after it with him against the Knicks tomorrow."
After initially being a minor injury, Robinson's ankle flared up over the past 24 hours to the point where the Sixers decided not to play him this weekend.
With Canaan unable to play, JaKarr Sampson will backup Ish Smith at point guard. The Hornets (32-43) have lost 10 of their previous 14 games.
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