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Markelle Fultz probably will play Monday vs. Celtics

The rookie guard sat out a preseason game with a sore right shoulder.

Markelle Fultz played in the preseason opener and then missed one game.
Markelle Fultz played in the preseason opener and then missed one game.Read moreCharles Fox

After missing Friday's exhibition loss to the visiting Boston Celtics because of right shoulder soreness, 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz practiced fully on Sunday. He is listed as probable for Monday's rematch in Boston.

As the Sixers prepared for their third preseason game, there was plenty of news on the injury front. Third-year forward-center Richaun Holmes broke his left wrist in Friday's game and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Joel Embiid (left knee surgery) participated fully in practice. He is out for the Boston game. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee patellar tendinitis) participated fully in practice and is probable for Monday.

James Michael McAdoo (left hamstring tightness) was a limited participant in practice and is probable for Boston. Dario Saric (rest) participated fully in practice and is probable to play.

Fultz had a difficult preseason debut, shooting 2 for 13 in the Sixers' opening 110-89 loss to visiting Memphis on Wednesday.

When asked if the shoulder was bothering him in that game, he replied, "A little bit, [but] I wouldn't say that is the reason I did anything. It was just something going on, and I still played through it."

Fultz, who averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season at Washington, says things aren't quite 100 percent.

"At the end of the day I am not going to let it stop me from being a basketball player," he said.  "Everybody in the league goes through stuff and you just have to play through it …"

Fultz will always be associated with the Celtics since it was Boston that traded the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to the Sixers. He insists that there is no extra incentive in playing a Celtics team that passed on drafting him.

"Every game I step in with the same mind-set," he said.

Sixers coach Brett Brown is almost as excited to see Fultz return to the lineup as the rookie is himself.

"I am excited for him to go to Boston and start playing again, to see his performance there and to be able to use him in different environments, with Ben [Simmons] without Ben, pair up with some bigs, but I am excited to see him," Brown said.

Fultz is looking forward to facing new Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

"Any chance to get the chance to test yourself against one of the best point guards in the NBA, I would love to do that," he said. "See where I am, what I need to improve on and that is where I want to be in my career, I want to be one of the best point guards, looked on as one of the best. Going against him is a chance to see where I am and see what I need to work out."

Brown has that same enthusiasm to see Embiid return. Sunday was his second day of full-court, five-on-five action as he continues to recover from March 24 surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. Embiid's presence even in practice provides the Sixers with a major jolt of adrenaline.

"He just changes everything, the offense, the defense, the focal points, he is very unique to our team," Brown said.

Embiid reiterated what he said after his first full-court five-on-five action on Thursday: that he is still rusty, not in game shape yet, and hopes to play in one or two preseason games.

"My body is feeling great," he said.

After practice, he was working on dunking off a spin move, something he said he got from Fultz.

"I am trying to copy Markelle — that is his move and I am trying to get something out of everybody," Embiid said. "I am trying to steal that from him."