CAMDEN, N.J. — Before they depart for their four-game West Coast road trip, the Sixers handed out a lengthy injury list Friday.
The name at the top of that list and the details about his injury might be concerning on the surface.
Jimmy Butler is doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Nuggets with the sprained right wrist that has sidelined him for the past two games. He will be seeing a specialist in Los Angeles.
Head coach Brett Brown said there was no cause for serious worry with Butler.
“We’re just getting further peace of mind and confirmation that things are OK,” he said. “Jimmy and the organization decided to go to California. We’ll meet him in Denver. It’s really far more precautionary than it is stuff that people are overly worried about.”
Moving down the list, Wilson Chandler will also miss Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness.
Markelle Fultz will travel with the team on their road trip and continue his physical therapy.
And Joel Embiid, named an All-Star starter Thursday night for the second straight season, will have a scheduled rest day against the Nuggets. He’s been hampered recently by lower-back tightness.
“It really is just a planned rest,” Brown said. “It’s not entirely a reaction to the things that he’s gone through. We’ve sort of targeted this period of the calendar for a while. It’s a collaborative thing, and we’ve sort of made the decision based on that.”
Based on Brown's comments, the list of sidelined Sixers should be shorter in the near future. For the time being, though, expect to see a lot more of Corey Brewer and Jonah Bolden in Denver.
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