Since the return of 2022 NBA All-Star break, the Philadelphia 76ers were relatively healthy. Apart from James Harden’s night off last Saturday and Paul Millsap’s absence for personal reasons on Monday, the Sixers have had every key member of their rotation available.
However, that changed in Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. At the end of the first half, veteran Sixers forward Danny Green left the game early as it looked like he was dealing with a hand problem.
While the Sixers were back on the field for the second half, the veteran was ruled out for the remainder of Monday night’s game as Green suffered a laceration in his hand, according to team officials.
When asked if he thought Green was going to miss an extended period beyond the second half of Monday’s game or not, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers wasn’t sure.
“You know, I’ll look at my medical books and check later,” Rivers joked. “Honestly, I didn’t ask. They just missed because at halftime [the medical staff] told me he was playing, then they ran out and told me he wasn’t playing. So that’s the only information I really have.”
While Rivers had no timeline on Green’s injury earlier in the week, Kyle Neubeck of The Voice of Philadelphia reports that Green is likely to miss an extended period of time.
“It is my understanding that Danny Green will likely miss at least a week due to the finger laceration,” Neubeck reported. “The stitches are in a place with a higher risk of reopening.”
The Sixers have yet to officially set a timeline for Green’s return. The odds of the veteran being considered overnight are high, as his return will likely depend on how quickly the laceration heals – not how much pain he can take.
Although Green hasn’t started for the Sixers lately, his absence will be notable for the bench unit. And with Green expected to miss some time going forward, the Sixers will likely have to use Furkan Korkmaz again.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.