He hadn’t gotten as much attention as some of his 76ers teammates until he hit the game-winning shot in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets, but Mike Scott has been a major contributor since being acquired in February from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Scott’s availability for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday in Toronto was unknown, but coach Brett Brown suggested Thursday that if he does play, it will be a bonus.
Scott suffered a bruised right heel during the series-clinching 122-100 win over the Nets on Tuesday.
The Sixers, on their injury report, said Scott also has plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Brown said he was not proceeding as if he will have Scott. “If we do, it’s a blessing,” he said.
Scott didn’t practice Thursday and was considered day-to-day. His status will be revealed Friday afternoon on the NBA’s injury report.
Scott’s corner three-pointer with 19.7 seconds left gave the Sixers a 110-108 lead in their 112-108 victory at Brooklyn in Game 4. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Scott averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes in the first round.
He played the most among the Sixers reserves and averaged almost as many minutes as Joel Embiid (24.3). Scott is a key defender and brings toughness.
He was acquired with Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic the day before the NBA trade deadline. In 27 regular-season games for the Sixers after the trade, he shot 41.2 percent from three-point range, better than even sharpshooter JJ Redick (39.7).
Scott brings plenty of intangibles, including playoff experience. He has appeared in 43 playoff games.
After an off day Wednesday, the players and Brown were deluged with questions about their recent history with the Raptors, which hasn’t been a source of pride for the Sixers. Toronto took three of the four regular-season games, with the one loss coming when star Kawhi Leonard sat out.
“I don’t take away anything,” Brown said about the regular-season series with the Raptors. “I go back and look [if] there are things we should have done better, [and during] the win, they didn’t play some guys. I am not really too much into it.”
The Sixers have lost 13 straight games in Toronto, since a 93-83 win there on Nov. 10, 2012.
Leonard has never lost to the Sixers, going 13-0 — including 10 wins in his days with San Antonio.
Asked about all the woes against the Raptors, Redick asked, “Have we played this team in the playoffs?"
Not since 2001.