Sixers forward Robert Covington was diagnosed with a right MCL sprain with a bone bruise in his knee and is expected to miss two weeks.

 

The timing of the injury is tough for a team already short on talent, and now Covington will not be ready to start the season, which begins on Wednesday in Boston.

Losing Covington is really a big blow, he was expected to start at the small forward spot, paired with Nik Stauskas, to give the Sixers a pair of sharp shooters on the perimeter.

Head coach Brett Brown is hopeful to have Stauskas available for the 76ers' regular-season opener on October 28, but now there is a chance that both Stauskas and Covington miss the game.

In Covington's place, the Sixers went with Jerami Grant on Friday night, who scored 11 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Friday - expect him to get the start on Wednesday.