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Sixers coach Brett Brown believes Jimmy Butler’s injury is not a ‘long term thing’

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Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown isn’t showing much concern about the severity of Sixers guard/forward Jimmy Butler’s injury.

The four-time All-Star recently suffered a sprain to his right wrist following Saturday’s 117-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Brown noted on Monday night that it likely isn’t going to be a “long-term thing.”

From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“I don’t really have any idea of what to expect with Jimmy,” the 76ers coach said. “I only learned this about an hour and a half ago. I think that probably after the game I can share more information.
“It isn’t something that we are or he is worried about in the sense of this is a lingering, long-term thing.”

If that ends up becoming true, the Sixers’ win column shouldn’t take much of a hit. They’ve instilled a sense of resiliency around their organization with an abundance of viable bench assets. Not to mention, the team recently added veteran forward Corey Brewer, who has brought some extra life to the roster. Brewer was signed to a 10-day contract with the Sixers last week.

With Jimmy Butler expected to miss at least a few games while rehabbing his wrist, the 31-win Sixers will need to make the necessary adjustments as it will be essential for them to make a strong push on the brink of the NBA’s Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Butler is currently listed as day-to-day and will be officially questionable for Wednesday night’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. He is averaging 19.0 points, 3.4 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game since being traded to Philly this season.