76ers Notes

Willie Green

missed his second consecutive game last night with a groin strain, and the fifth-year guard is being cautious.

Green will be with the team on its six-game West Coast trip, but is listed as day-to-day. The first game will take place tomorrow at Sacramento.

"I will go on the trip and I am looking to play in a few games, and hopefully sooner than later," Green said before last night's win over Miami at the Wachovia Center.

Green said he didn't remember how he was injured. He played in Friday night's 106-101 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, but when the team arrived in Memphis for a game the next night, he said he felt a tweak.

For the second straight game,

Rodney Carney

was in the starting lineup for Green last night. He finished with seven points in 17 minutes.

Carney has played in three consecutive games after sitting out the previous four, one with the flu and the others because of the coach's decision.

"It sets you at ease a little, going out starting and knowing you will get reasonable minutes," Carney said. "You don't want to put too much pressure on yourself, but it's a great feeling to be starting."

On the road

Rookie forward

Thaddeus Young

is making his longest trip in his brief time with the Sixers. Young believes that his frenzied predraft workout schedule will help him deal with the rigors of the road.

He said that before the draft, he had 13 workouts, many one right after the other.

"This is a big road trip, and a lot of the guys have been telling me it can take its toll," Young said. "To me, this is the same thing as the predraft workouts, traveling from city to city and playing ball."

He knows what he has to do: "Get to bed early, get used to the different time zones, and eat healthy."

No holiday for Heat

Because of the popularity of

Shaquille O'Neal




, the Heat have become a major attraction on Christmas, when the NBA showcases its marquee players, teams or both on national television.

Miami's 96-82 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday marked the fourth straight year the Heat had played on Christmas, or each season Shaq has been on the team.

- Marc Narducci