Tuesday , Feb , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers C Hunter breaks finger

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Philadelphia 76ers center Steven Hunter
will be out indefinitely after an MRI taken on Monday revealed a broken pinkie
on his left hand.

Dr. Randy Culp evaluated Hunter Tuesday morning and recommended that he
undergo surgery. Hunter, though, traveled to New York for a second opinion
from Dr. Michelle Carlson, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery
at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Carlson determined Hunter will not
require surgery.

Hunter will not play against Washington on Wednesday, and will return to the
Sixers lineup after the All-Star Break wearing a splint on his left fifth
finger. He will continue to wear an extension splint for six weeks when not
playing.

Hunter is averaging 5.5 point and 4.0 rebounds for Philadelphia this season
and has started the last 13 games. The six-year veteran suffered the injury in
the first quarter of the Sixers’ 106-89 loss to Dallas on Sunday.

PHI