As the Philadelphia 76ers welcome LeBron James (who is questionable with a calf issue) and the Los Angeles Lakers to their home court for the only meeting between the two teams on the East Coast this regular season, they will be down a couple of bench pieces.
Danuel House Jr. (left quad contusion) and Jaden Springer (illness) are both out tonight #Sixers— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) November 27, 2023
With Kelly Oubre Jr. remaining sidelined, the depth of Daryl Morey’s reconfigured roster continues to be put to the test. House missed Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with the same quad issue. The veteran forward has appeared in 10 of Philadelphia’s 16 games thus far, averaging 12.7 minutes per game in those contests. His most impactful game came against Atlanta 10 days ago when he scored 14 points in 18 minutes.
Springer’s illness apparently came on abruptly over the weekend, as he was not on the initial injury report for the Oklahoma City game, but then was ruled out towards the end of the first quarter.
Sixers say Jaden Springer (illness) will not be available to play in this game.— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) November 25, 2023
The 21-year-old has been making the most of his extended minutes this year under new head coach Nick Nurse, averaging a career-high 11.5 minutes in his 11 appearances. Springer took a bit of a back seat this week after an outstanding three-game stretch against Boston, Atlanta, and Brooklyn, where he averaged nine points per game and played at least 20 minutes in each contest.
Against Oklahoma City, Nurse trimmed his rotation down to nine players, having the veteran trio of Pat Beverley, Robert Covington, and Marcus Morris Sr. play significant minutes, in addition to backup center Paul Reed. We’ll see if Nurse follows suit against the Lakers, or if Furkan Korkmaz is also thrown into the mix at all.
We’ll see what the Sixers have in store when tonight’s action gets underway at 7:00 ET.