The Philadelphia 76ers were summarily dismissed in a dismal effort last night against the New York Knicks. Now, on the second night of a back-to-back, they’ll be without one additional starter, as Tobias Harris joins De’Anthony Melton on the sidelines after leaving yesterday’s game with left ankle soreness. Furkan Korkmaz also remains out and Robert Covington is listed as questionable.
Tobias Harris is out tonight due to left ankle soreness.— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) January 6, 2024
De’Anthony Melton remains out due to lumbar spine soreness.
Furkan Korkmaz remains out due to an illness.
Robert Covington is questionable due to an illness. #Sixers
This is the point where a portion of our reading public is undoubtedly going, “Good, the Sixers are better off!” Certainly, Harris played extremely poorly last night, scoring just five points in 24 minutes of action. There have absolutely been too many similar nights this season for a guy making the Torrel Max. However, prior to the Knicks game, Tobias was in the midst of one of his better stretches of the season, scoring at least 20 points in five of six games. With Joel Embiid clearly hobbling due to his own lower body ailments, it would have been nice to have the possibility available of Harris shouldering some of the scoring load.
The Jazz are just 16-20 on the season and playing a back-to-back of their own after losing by 29 points in Boston last night. Philadelphia should certainly come away with the victory even without two starters; DraftKings has them listed as 11-point favorites. With the next game not coming until Wednesday, hopefully the night off will allow Harris to rest up and get back to full strength (or what passes for full strength in January during a long NBA season).