The Sixers’ depth took a big blow in the opening minutes of Thursday’s Game 6 against the Miami Heat, when veteran wing Danny Green hurt his left knee after Joel Embiid inadvertently fell on him underneath the basket.
Green was carried to the locker room while the Wells Fargo crowd chanted, “Danny Green!” Shortly after, he was ruled out for the rest of the game.
When the play was shown on the video board, a collective gasp rippled through the crowd. Green re-emerged on the bench in the waning minutes on crutches and with a bulky brace on his leg.
After the game, coach Doc Rivers said the injury “not good.”
“I don’t know what happened,” Rivers said. “But, I mean, you all saw it. It can’t be good. I felt for him.”
The injury capped a rough season for Green, who missed 19 regular-season games while nursing multiple ailments, including problems with his hamstring and hip and a stint in COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He also could not finish last season’s playoff run when he suffered a calf injury during the second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Matisse Thybulle replaced Green, while Furkan Korkmaz also got minutes with Green unavailable.