Dalembert sidelined with reinjured quadriceps

76ers center Samuel Dalembert will be sidelined 10 to 14 days with a strained right quadriceps, which he reinjured Thursday night while warming up before a preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Dalembert missed 16 days from the time he first reaggravated the injury during an Oct. 7 training-camp scrimmage to his return to practice last Sunday.

"I'm praying about it, to find out what this reason is," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm just praying and hoping everything works out as scheduled and I can come back soon."

"We felt we had been pretty safe in trying to hold him out and keep him off the court until he got ready to play," coach Maurice Cheeks said to the paper. "We thought everything was OK. Then he reinjured it in [Thursday night's] warm-ups, so that's not a good thing. But we have to deal with it."

The 24-year-old Dalembert started 60 of the Sixers' 72 regular-season games last year and averaged 24.8 minutes, 8.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Steven Hunter, who scored 24 points after replacing Dalembert on Thursday, will start in the Sixers' regular-season opener against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Hunter averaged 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the preseason.