While Charles Barkley recovers from a torn knee ligament, the Philadelphia 76ers will have to figure out how to get along without their All-Star forward.
Barkley is the team's leading scorer (28.3 points per game) and rebounder (10.3 per game). The team's first test will come tonight when they play host to Milwaukee, their likely first-round playoff opponent."We went through a stretch comparable to this where Charles was out seven games (with a stress fracture of his right foot) and lost two overtime games," said coach Jim Lynam. "That points out two things.
"First that we can play without him and be in the hunt, but it also points out we did not come up big at the end of those games."
Barkley will be out of action for at least two weeks with the injury, the club said Monday after he underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test.
The MRI confirmed Barkley suffered a second degree sprain of the medial collateral when he bumped into teammate Rick Mahorn in the third period of Sunday's 110-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The fall caused the sprain - considered a slight tear - that will keep Barkley sidelined until at least April 14, said the team doctor.