CLEVELAND – It's a good thing that Trevor Booker is available to play Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That's because the 76ers have a 'Who's Who' of players not competing in the 8 p.m. matchup at Quicken Loans Arena.
Reserve point guard T.J. McConnell is out with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Joel Embiid is not with the team in Ohio due to not being cleared to play on back-to-back nights. The center will, however, play in Sunday's game against the Pelicans in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Dario Saric is officially listed as questionable for Saturday night's game. However, the power forward will likely miss his second consecutive game with left eye laceration and a right eye corneal abrasion. He wore protective glasses during Saturday morning's shootaround at the arena's practice court.
"If you put a gun to my head, I'm expecting him not to play," coach Brett Brown said. "I think that you go back Richaun [Holmes] will come in and play some four. It's quite timely that Trevor is here now."
Booker joined the team on Friday after being acquired from the Brooklyn Nets Thursday in a trade for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick.
The reserve power forward is slated to play against the Cavaliers (18-8). Rookie swingman Furkan Korkmaz could also see action, assuming the Sixers (13-11) stick to their nine-man rotation.
Amir Johnson will start at center in place of Embiid. Holmes will start at power forward, assuming Saric is unable to go.
Injuries have hampered the Sixers in each of the past four seasons. This campaign is no different. They'll most likely face the three-time Eastern Conference champion Cavs without five key players.
Markelle Fultz remains sidelined with right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance. Justin Anderson is also sidelined with left shin splints.
Jerryd Bayless (left wrist contusion), JJ Redick (lower back tightness), Ben Simmons (left elbow soreness), and Holmes (left-wrist fracture) have also been sidelined for at least one game with an injury.