When Danny Green came back out in a walking boot during Friday night’s Game 3, it seemed unlikely that we would be seeing the Sixers starter again during this second-round series against the Hawks. Yesterday, the team confirmed that prognosis, announcing he will be re-evaluated in two weeks due to a right calf strain:
Danny Green Injury Update:— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 12, 2021
An MRI today confirmed a right calf strain. Green will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.
Additionally, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the veteran will be out two-to-three weeks:
Currently, a potential Game 6 in this Hawks series would be next Friday, while Game 7 would be next Sunday. A two-to-three-week timetable would mean Green would miss a good portion of an Eastern Conference Finals series as well.
The good thing about the Sixers having an 11-man rotation is that they do have options if a man goes down. Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton, and Furkan Korkmaz can all slot in at the wing, and as others have pointed out, some of the bench guys bring helpful things to the table during this Atlanta series that Green did not.
Danny Green’s absence would hurt the Sixers. He has been a big part of their success this season.— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) June 12, 2021
But against Atlanta, it might matter less. One big benefit: If Thybulle isn’t in, no hiding spots for Trae Young. Korkmaz/Milton can do damage Green can’t: https://t.co/cWnmVmVJH5 pic.twitter.com/pciG2Lgkph
Even without Green for the majority of Game 3, the Sixers were able to handily take care of business in Atlanta. They might not need him to close out the Hawks, but Danny will be needed if the Sixers are to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the championship. We’ll see how his teammates pick up the slack in the interim, but fingers crossed for Green to be back on the court at 100 percent in a few weeks’ time.