The Sixers have the third seed in the Eastern Conference locked up and nothing to play for. Unsurprisingly, two of their starters won’t be playing Tuesday night.
Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) and JJ Redick (back tightness) are listed as out on the NBA’s official injury report for Tuesday’s game against the Heat.
Embiid noted he felt “pretty sore” after recording a triple-double in the Sixers’ loss to the Bucks Thursday, though he did play almost 28 minutes Saturday when the Sixers beat the Bulls and posted 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Redick hasn’t missed a game since Feb. 5, when he sat out vs. the Raptors because of nausea. He’s averaged 27 points and shot 47.5 percent from three-point range over his last four games.
James Ennis remains out with a right quad contusion, while Jonah Bolden (sore left knee) and Furkan Korkmaz are listed as questionable.
Since Feb. 12, when he tore the meniscus in his right knee, Korkmaz has been sidelined. He went through extensive shooting drills before the Sixers played the Bucks on Thursday.
A part of “the tournament” for bench minutes off the wing before his injury, there’s still a chance Korkmaz could re-enter that conversation, even at this late stage.
With Ennis out, Korkmaz's competition is Zhaire Smith, who has four games of NBA experience, and Jonathon Simmons, who’s recently been relegated almost exclusively to the bench. As a two-way player, rookie Shake Milton is currently not eligible for the playoffs.
Korkmaz theoretically provides shooting off the bench, although he's yet to fulfill his promise as a three-point marksman at the NBA level. He's averaged 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 46 games this season, shooting 33.1 percent from three-point territory.
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