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Sixers unsure if or how long Robert Covington (back) will be out

Sixers unsure if or how long Robert Covington (back) will be out

CLEVELAND — The Sixers are waiting to learn more about Robert Covington’s scary back injury suffered late in Saturday’s loss to the Cavaliers (see observations).

Covington suffered a lower back contusion after he tumbled out of bounds and over the courtside seats by the Cavs' bench attempting to save a possession with 1:08 remaining. There is an approximate four-to-five inch drop off from the court to the area where he landed in Quicken Loans Arena. Covington hit his lower back on a metal object when he fell. He gingerly walked off the court with the help of teammates.

His status for Sunday’s game against the Pelicans in New Orleans — and beyond that — will be determined. Covington will be with the team in New Orleans, but the Sixers are unsure if he'll play.

“I can’t assume anything,” Brett Brown said. “I don’t know. It would seem so.”

Because of the location of the fall and its distance away from the court, many of Covington’s teammates didn’t notice what happened at first. Once JJ Redick realized, he stood by Covington as he was tended to by the Sixers' medical staff.

“It’s scary to see your teammate like that,” Redick said. “They said he fell on his back. I wanted to make sure he’s walking and not in too much pain. But I just wish the best for him and hope he’s OK.”

The fall occurred while the Sixers were chasing the Cavaliers’ lead and trailed by only three. It is not uncommon for Covington to make a hustle play in that scenario, or really at any point in the game. He ranks fourth in the league in total deflections (83), behind only Paul George, Thaddeus Young and Andre Drummond. Covington is second on the Sixers in loose balls recovered.

“I was just shocked because I didn’t know he was down,” Ben Simmons said. “I just spoke to him, so hoping he’s good.”

If Covington cannot play Sunday, the Sixers will have to fill an offensive and defensive gap in the starting lineup.

Covington is averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals this season.

Everything you need to know about the Sixers for the 2018 NBA draft

Everything you need to know about the Sixers for the 2018 NBA draft

The 2018 NBA draft is finally upon us!

Here’s everything you need to know regarding the Sixers as they officially open up one of the biggest offseasons in franchise history.

Essentials
When: June 21 at 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)
Network: ESPN
Live stream: Watch ESPN
Social media: @NBCSPhilly

Order
1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. LA Clippers 
13. LA Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24. Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers 
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks
31. Phoenix Suns
32. Memphis Grizzlies
33. Dallas Mavericks
34. Atlanta Hawks
35. Orlando Magic
36. New York Knicks
37. Sacramento Kings
38. Philadelphia 76ers
39. Los Angeles Lakers
40. Brooklyn Nets
41. Orlando Magic
42. Detroit Pistons
43. Denver Nuggets
44. Washington Wizards
45. Charlotte Hornets
46. Houston Rockets
47. Los Angeles Lakers 
48. Minnesota Timberwolves
49. San Antonio Spurs
50. Indiana Pacers
51. New Orleans Pelicans
52. Utah Jazz
53. Oklahoma City Thunder
54. Dallas Mavericks
55. Charlotte Hornets
56. Philadelphia 76ers
57. Oklahoma City Thunder
58. Denver Nuggets
59. Phoenix Suns
60. Philadelphia 76ers

Profiles
With five total picks in the draft, including two in the first round, who exactly are the Sixers targeting? Well, they could go with the hometown hero with the smooth shooting stroke, the combo forward with tons of upside, the soft-spoken guard that prefers loud dunks or anywhere in between.

Here are some of our draft profiles on the biggest names the Sixers could be plucking off the board in the first round.

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Rumors
The draft rolls right into free agency as the peak time for NBA rumors and speculation. The Sixers aren’t immune and have found themselves at the center of some chatter heading into the big night.

Sixers get draft night started early with a trade

Sixers reportedly reluctant to include these 2 in draft trade

An interesting pundit says Sixers seek to trade up in draft

Report: Sixers trade No. 39 pick to Lakers for 2019 2nd-rounder, cash

Report: Sixers trade No. 39 pick to Lakers for 2019 2nd-rounder, cash

The Sixers didn’t wait until draft night to start their wheeling and dealing.

According to a report Wednesday by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have traded the No. 39 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2019 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) and cash.

With the Sixers previously holding six total selections in Thursday’s 2018 NBA draft and 11 players already under contract for next season, the team was never going to be able to use all of its picks.

The Sixers now enter the draft with picks Nos. 10 and 26 in the first round and Nos. 38, 56 and 60 in the second round.

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