SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All signs point to the 76ers being without three starters in Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center.
Tobias Harris is expected to sit out the game after straining his left hip late in Saturday’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers. The goal is for Harris to rest up Monday night and see how his hip feels on Tuesday. The Sixers will conclude their six-game road trip on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center.
This marks the second time Harris has been sidelined this season. He had missed five games and nine days after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Obviously, the COVID was only so much can do there,” Harris said. “You sit out for those games. Then in the Portland game to get play where I tweak it a little bit, it’s part of it. But hopefully my body recovers in the right way and be ready to look past it and go on.
“But it’s not something that I’m worried about. It’s just something that I know has to let time heal it up. We’ll see how ever long that takes.”
The team, however, still officially has Harris listed as questionable for Monday’s game.
Harris is the team’s second-leading scorer at 20.6 points per game. He’s also averaging 8.3 rebounds and a career-best 4.1 assists. The Sixers standout had missed five games and nine days after testing positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, small forward Danny Green (left hip tightness) is scheduled to miss his fourth straight game. This will also mark the the eighth consecutive missed game for All-Star center Joel Embiid (COVID-19 health and safety protocols). The banged-up Sixers (9-8) have lost six of their last seven games without him.
The Sixers find themselves in a better situation than the Kings (6-11). Sacramento, which has lost seven of eight games, fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday. Walton compiled a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons with the Kings.