Although Elton Brand was expected to play in today's loss to the Mavericks, the Sixers decided to wait until Saturday to insert him back into the lineup. Since the Sixers have the whole week off, it will give Brand an extra week of rest as he recovers from a dislocated right shoulder suffered on December 17.
Coach Tony DiLeo has said that Brand will most likely play against the Knicks Saturday, but will not start. He will bring Brand off the bench to slowly remove the rust that comes from not playing for over a month.
The Sixers have gone 9-7 without Brand, including a seven game win streak that ended today against the Mavericks. With Brand in the lineup, the Sixers went 11-14.