The Sixers announced that Isaiah Joe suffered a mild MCL sprain during their game against the Timberwolves on Sunday, and will miss the Summer League finale against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. He’s expected to have his injury further evaluated in Philadelphia.
This news comes as a huge bummer, as Joe has arguably been the most impressive Sixer in this Summer League. He’s showcased some serious skills in the playmaking department, which not many people were expecting. His shooting and defense have translated nicely as well.
Isaiah Joe with a behind the back pass (?!) in the pick and roll. Showcasing some serious playmaking skills tonight. pic.twitter.com/JC91ACO5yU— Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) August 13, 2021
The Sixers’ Summer League roster is now down quite a bit, as the team is now without Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, and Filip Petrušev — who is departing for Europe to join the Anadolu Efes ball club. He’s expected to remain there for at least this season.
The silver lining is that most MCL sprains don’t take too long to heal; about six weeks on average. The fact that it’s being called a mild sprain is also good to hear. Hopefully all goes well, and Isaiah Joe is back and ready for the season ahead where he’ll seriously compete to break into the Sixers’ loaded wing rotation.
In the mean time, Bball Paul, this is now your (summer league) team. We can look forward to the newfound offensive opportunities for Paul Reed, Jaden Springer, Rayjon Tucker, and Aaron Henry — who have all shown flashes throughout the past week or two.
We’ll keep you in the loop on any and all injury updates going forward here on Liberty Ballers.