Just when the Sixers got fully healthy and the vibes were at an all-time high, Monday’s loss against the Bulls has proven costly.
Veterans Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Sr. and Robert Covington all missed practice Tuesday, according to head coach Nick Nurse.
Nick Nurse: Nicolas Batum (right hamstring) will be out tomorrow. Current expectation is he’ll miss “a couple days” and not considered “major.”— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) December 19, 2023
Marcus Morris Sr. and Robert Covington both did not practice due to illness. TBD on their statuses for tomorrow vs. T-Wolves.
Batum was dealing with right hamstring tightness which caused him to miss the end of the Sixers’ 108-104 loss to Chicago. Hamstring issues can be tricky, especially for a 35-year-old that’s often tasked with guarding the opponent’s best perimeter player like Batum. Nurse noting that it’s not “major” is certainly a relief, but we’ll see.
Morris missed Monday night’s game with an illness. As noted above, both Morris and Covington missed practice Tuesday. In the last few weeks, Jaden Springer, De’Anthony Melton, Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid have all popped up on the injury report because of illness. Morris was not around the team yesterday, but Covington was, playing 14 minutes.
With Batum out, and quite possibly both Morris and Covington, the Sixers’ wing and overall depth takes a major hit. That’s not even including Embiid, who is dealing with a hamstring issue of his own. Though he was listed at questionable heading in, Embiid dropped 40 points in 37 minutes in the loss Monday.
After playing easily the softest part of their schedule, things get a lot tougher for the Sixers. They welcome the West-leading Timberwolves to town Wednesday night. Led by Rudy Gobert, Minnesota boasts the NBA’s best defense. Though their offense as a whole has been middle of the pack, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are dangerous scorers. It will be as stiff a test as the Sixers have faced this season.