The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA recently, but they suffered some bad injury news when ace sixth man Lou Williams suffered a right hamstring injury in the team's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Williams said Monday he will not play in any of the team's final five regular-season games, but hopes to return in time for the playoffs, according to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Williams' loss is a big one for the 76ers. He is averaging 13.7 points per game off the bench, providing a closer down the stretch that can manufacture offense when its needed. In his absence, the 76ers will need rookie Evan Turner to step up after he was banished from the rotation due to poor play. The 76ers also signed veteran guard Antonio Daniels from the NBA Developmental League to fill the void while Williams is sidelined.
At 40-37, the 76ers are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. If the NBA Playoffs began today, the 76ers would play the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are half a game behind the Miami Heat for second.