Sunday, October 17, 2021

Doc Rivers Updates Sixers Injury Report: “He won’t go to Detroit”

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be at least four players behind in their preseason final. And maybe a fifth guy, depending on how the Ben Simmons’ situation develops. The angry star is still waiting for NBA health and safety protocols to be released.

Simmons wasn’t at Sixers practice on Thursday October 14th and no one knows exactly when or if he’ll adjust. The three-time All-Star received a COVID-19 test on his return in Philadelphia. He is allowed to do individual work, but not team exercises.

Head coach Doc Rivers was optimistic – very lukewarm, crossing his fingers that his starting team could take action against the Detroit Pistons (Friday, October 15).

“No, not yet,” said Rivers when asked for an update. “But we’ll find out. You will know. “

Meanwhile, Tobias Harris was again absent from training because he was struggling with pain in his right knee. He only played one preseason game, the second on October 7th. It was starting to look troubling, but Rivers denied any internal concerns. Harris was in the gym for individual work, not team work. The Sixers are just particularly careful with their third star.

“If these were the playoffs, Tobias would play,” said Rivers. “We thought let’s move forward. Let’s make sure there aren’t any persistent problems. “

Rivers added that Shake Milton (ankle), Grant Riller (knee surgery), Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) are all skipping the trip to Detroit. The head coach mentioned that there will be an extra day of rest on Saturday, October 16, and then he hopes the entire team will be on the floor for training on Sunday, October 17. The regular season begins on Wednesday, October 20 in New Orleans.

Simmons? Who knows. Right now, Rivers’ goal is to acclimate him.

“I’m not really looking for anything, just he comes in and works and that’s it,” said Rivers. “It’s just too early one day.”

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Tyrese Maxey should be the starting shot for the final exhibition game, apart from a last-minute appearance by Simmons. The sophomore guard Milton had lost ground to work in the camp. Now Milton is injured and those minutes should fall behind Maxey. Whether a starter or a sixth man, the 20-year-old prepares in the same way.

“You have to be mentally focused, mentally locked up,” said Maxey. “Ultimately, it’s a job and you have to prepare mentally for every situation. Last year I think the biggest test of my life was when I didn’t know when I was going to play, not knowing what my role would be. But I’ve always said one thing to myself: I’ll always be ready for the moment and do everything I can to help this team win, and that’s my message again this year. “

Georges Niang is the new kid on the block. He ended up in Philly thanks to an edict from Rivers to improve the bench, particularly with a stretch four that can shoot. Niang fits this calculation perfectly. And now he’s been thrown into the Simmons saga.

The 6-foot-7 forward played for the Utah Jazz last season, so he doesn’t really know Simmons. He didn’t see him in the building or talk to him on the phone. Even so, Niang stuck to the company line when asked if he should get it back.

“He’s part of the team,” said Niang. “I did not see him. I come to practice every day and take part with the guys who are here and I will be ready to keep playing the way I play when he plays by our side. “

“He’s part of the team,” said Niang. “I did not see him. I come to practice every day and take part with the guys who are here and I will be ready to keep playing the way I play when he plays by our side. “

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