CLEVELAND — Norvel Pelle was not with the 76ers for their game Wednesday night against the Cavaliers. The rookie reserve center missed his second consecutive game because of an upper respiratory infection.

Cavaliers center Andre Drummond also missed the game, with a left-calf strain. So fans won’t be treated to the always-entertaining trash talking between Drummond and Sixers center Joel Embiid.

The Sixers will host the New York Knicks on Thursday, and the hope is that Pelle will feel well enough to be available for that game. He is averaging 2.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 10 minutes in 17 appearances this season.

The Sixers originally signed the 27-year-old to a two-way contract July 2. They converted his contract to a regular one Feb. 7.

Ben Simmons (lower-back nerve impingement), Marial Shayok (two-way player with G League team), and Zharie Smith (G League) also were unavailable to the Sixers.