76ers Notes

After taking a hard shot while driving the lane during Saturday night's 105-77 win in New York, 76ers guard

Lou Williams

talked about how sore his head and shoulder felt.

He never mentioned anything about his right big toe to reporters, but he expressed his thoughts to trainer

Kevin Johnson


An X-ray yesterday revealed a slight fracture in Williams' toe and sidelined him from last night's 100-88 win over the Houston Rockets at the Wachovia Center. Williams is listed as day-to-day.

"My foot crashed down head-on, and I think that is where the injury came from," he said.

Williams was leveled by

David Lee

in the third quarter. Lee was charged with a flagrant foul, which gave the Sixers two free throws an the ball.

Williams made one of two free throws and stayed in the game for 38 seconds before leaving for good. Despite the hard hit, he didn't think Lee was out of line.

"I don't think it was a dirty play," Williams said. "David plays hard and is the type of guy who probably doesn't want a lot of layups."

Williams, who is averaging 11.2 points and 3.5 assists in nearly 22 minutes per game, said he can flex the toe and hopes to play tomorrow against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. He said one hard hit would not diminish his aggressiveness in driving to the hoop.

"I will go harder the next time," Williams said. "I will try to dunk the basketball instead of laying it up."

More hurts

Sixers forward

Reggie Evans

was in the starting lineup last night despite a sore right shoulder. He said he sprained his rotator cuff Nov. 28 in a 106-95 loss to visiting Utah.

"It hurts," Evans said. "All I can do is keep playing and possibly rest at times in practice."

Taking time off isn't an immediate option, he said. "We have 16 games [in December], and you just have to play through it."

Evans plays such a physical game that his shoulder always takes a pounding. When he's not in the game, he frequently puts a heating pad on his shoulder.

"That heat really makes it feel good," he said. "Then I'm ready to go back in and battle again."

Evans had 11 points and one rebound last night.


With Williams out, point guard

Kevin Ollie,

who had not played in seven of the previous eight games, was the backup to

Andre Miller

. "It was great to be able to contribute," said Ollie, who had four points and three assists in more than 15 minutes. . . . Rockets all-star

Tracy McGrady

suffered a sprained right ankle and left the game with 7 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter. He finished with 12 points, 3 assists and 4 turnovers.

- Marc Narducci