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The Philadelphia 76ers will lose two starters for at least two

November 29, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia 76ers will lose two starters for at least two weeks while Roy Hinson recuperates from a broken finger and Tim McCormick nurses a shoulder injury, a team spokesman said Sunday.

Both players were injured during the Sixers’ 115-114 overtime loss to the Kings in Sacramento Saturday night.

Hinson’s little finger on his right hand was dislocated and broken, with the bone piercing the skin, team spokesman Dave Coskey said. Doctors set and stitched the finger at the University of California Davis Medical Center and Hinson returned to Philadelphia Sunday night, Coskey said.

McCormick suffered a shoulder injury, possibly a separation, while battling teammate Charles Barkley for a rebound in the fourth quarter, Coskey said.

McCormick returned to Philadelphia Sunday morning, where he was examined by Sixers physician Michael Clancey. He is expected to miss two to three weeks of action, Coskey said.

General Manager John Nash said the team will survive, but with effort.

″When you lose two-fifths of your starting lineup, you become concerned,″ he said. ″It would be unrealistic to think that we could immediately replace two players of that caliber.

″I suspect that we’ll wait and put our collective heads together this week and do what’s best for the team. We have some options open and I think we’ll battle back through this,″ he said.

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