Getting injured is the most consistent thing the 76ers did this preseason.

Nerlens Noel became the sixth injured Sixer after bruising his lower back and left knee in Thursday night's 115-114 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. And that doesn't include the three others who may be out for a while because of injuries suffered last season.

"Oh, my goodness," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the injuries. "And Nerlens is going to be out tomorrow."

Brown is talking about the Saturday's exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

"I felt [pain] last night even after the [Cavaliers] game," Noel said Friday. "It [back] was pretty sore. I woke up a little more sore. So I have to do the treatment, and I'll be all right."

Noel wouldn't give a timeline for his return. The 6-foot-11, 223-pounder will see how it feels in the next 24 hours.

He bumped knees with Cleveland guard Richard Jefferson in the first half. Then Noel fell awkwardly on his back while being fouled underneath the basket in the third quarter.

Rookie center Jahlil Okafor is playing with a sore knee. Rookie power forward Richaun Holmes missed time in training camp with a sprained ankle. Rookie point guard T. J. McConnell missed the first game with a left foot sprain. Shooting guard Nik Stauskas is out two weeks with a stress reaction in his right tibia. And rookie point guard Pierre Jackson re-injured his groin, an injury he suffered on the final day of training camp – his lone scrimmage. He'll be out for eight to 10 days.

"Some of it is just part of NBA training camp," Brown said of the injuries. "Other parts are sometimes you just got to get through stuff."

The coach added that nobody is healthy in the NBA.

"It's part of managing your body," he said. "It's part of education on the importance of recovery.

"But yet, we have a lot of banged up players."

Point guards Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall are rehabilitating right anterior cruciate ligament tears. They won't be available until at least the end of the month. Carl Landry is rehabilitating a torn ligament in his right wrist. He may be able to see the floor in another four to five weeks.

Wroten, Marshall (as a Milwaukee Buck) and Landry (as a Sacramento King) all suffered their injuries last season.

McConnell impresses

One would have assumed that McConnell is a longshot to make the Sixers 15-man roster. But that was before hearing Brown talk about the undrafted rookie point guard following Friday's practice.

"How good was T.J. last night?" the coach said of McConnell showing grit, leading the offense and making heading decisions against the Cavs. "Fun. He understands good to great."

McConnell routinely passed on good shots to dish the ball to teammates with great looks at the basket.

The former Arizona standout finished with six points, four assists, three rebounds, a steal and zero turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench.

McConnell followed that up by making 6 of 7 three-pointers in an end-of-practice drill on Friday.

"We want to encourage him to get a set shot going," Brown said. "The other stuff is proven. He's a heady defender. He passes the hell out of it. He plays with amazing pace. I think he will be very popular in the city."

Brown noted that the Pittsburgh native is still in a "fistfight" to make the team.

"But what we've seen so far, you say he's done well," the coach added.

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