Kelly Oubre, Jr. could make his return to the lineup Friday when the Sixers travel to Boston to take on the Celtics.
Oubre participated in practice Tuesday, but head coach Nick Nurse said the athletic wing will not be available to play Wednesday on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans. Nurse did mention that Oubre would travel with the team, per Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire.
Nurse was asked if there was a chance that Oubre could play on the road trip:
“Maybe,” Nurse added. “Not tomorrow, but there’s more than one game on this trip. We are like, again, trying to do it as fast as we can and get him going. I’m not making many determinations on that he didn’t make it through everything today. I think he probably could have, but they just decided to go condition him and run him a little bit more.”
Oubre has been out since being struck by a car in Center City and suffering a fractured rib on Nov. 11. Early reports had Oubre missing “significant time.” While Oubre has missed a good chunk of time, if he’s able to play in Boston, that would mean he returned in less than three weeks.
As Nurse stated, Oubre did not go through all portions of practice. It’s a combination of seeing if the rib will hold up with contact while also making sure Oubre is in the best shape possible to return to the floor:
“I think there’s all parts of it that he hasn’t played now,” Nurse continued. “There’s some conditioning work that needs to be done on top of just seeing what he can handle contact-wise, right? I mean, I know he was in and the next thing I looked up, I saw him doing sprints on the other court. So that’s just the medical’s best advice on what to do with him at the moment.”
In the nine games Oubre has missed, the Sixers have gone 5-4. There were several moments in all four of those losses where he could’ve truly made an impact for the Sixers and possibly changed the result. While Nicolas Batum has fit nicely into his starting spot, Oubre profiles very well as a bench scorer/sixth man for this team.
On the season, Oubre has appeared in eight games (five starts) while averaging 16.3 points on 50.0/37.8/78.6 shooting splits.
Both quotes per Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire.