The Sixers will be without their de facto sixth man for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Raptors.
Mike Scott (right heel contusion/plantar fasciitis), who made the game-winning three-pointer in the Sixers' Game 4 victory over the Nets in the first round, is listed as out for Saturday night's game on the NBA's official injury report.
Brett Brown said before practice Friday that, if Scott was unavailable, Zhaire Smith would be "in the mix" for the Sixers.
The rookie Smith has had an odyssey of a rookie season. He suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot in August, experienced severe complications from an allergic reaction in September, worked on his shot with a feeding tube in his stomach, had an 11-game stint with the Delaware Blue Coats and played six NBA regular-season games.
Smith played only 1 minute and 19 seconds in Game 1 against the Nets, watching most of the series on the bench in street clothes. Brown admitted he wished the rookie had gotten more playoff experience.
... I think that when you go through the decision with Zhaire, for me, if James Ennis, as an example, got re-injured and something happened where you had to call upon a wing, the experience that Jonathon Simmons has had in NBA playoff environments was the swing vote for me. When a few of the games played out where the margin was clear and I could sort of empty the bench, I wished I had Zhaire. But you can’t promise it’s going to be a blowout, and you can’t promise one of your key players is going to get in foul trouble or James Ennis might get re-injured. And so, it didn’t connect the dots. But I’m excited to be able to have him on the roster in the event that Mike is not available.
Joel Embiid is available. He was a fixture on the injury report during the first round with left knee soreness, a perpetual game-time decision. The Sixers' center played in four of the team's five games against Brooklyn and averaged 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks in just 24.3 minutes per game. When he missed Game 3, the unlikely duo of Greg Monroe and Boban Marjanovic combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds in the Sixers' 131-115 win.
For the Raptors, OG Anunoby (appendectomy) is out and Chris Boucher (back spasms) is questionable.
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