MIAMI — Tobias Harris will play for the 76ers’ Saturday night against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
The Sixers’ small forward came away from Friday night’s setback in Orlando with a sore right hip. He appeared to have suffered the hip injury on a hard fall in the fourth quarter. Harris remained in the game after the incident.
On the season, Harris is averaging 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals. The Sixers (23-11) would suffer a major blow without their most consistent player.
Saturday night will mark the third meeting between the Sixers and Heat (23-8). The Sixers took a 113-86 victory over the Heat on Nov. 23 at the Wells Fargo Center. The game marked Jimmy Butler’s first game against his old team after being dealt in a sign-and-trade to the Heat in July.
In the second meeting, on Dec. 18, the Heat prevailed, 108-104, in Philly. Miami went to a 2-3 zone that exposed the Sixers. The Heat used the zone on 39 possessions. Philly responded by making just 38% of its shots against the zone.