The Philadelphia 76ers are set to host the Toronto Raptors for the first time in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. With the series tied up at 1-1, the Sixers are looking to get an upper-hand in the series and take the lead for the first time. It's going to take a healthy roster to make the Sixers feel comfortable about their strategy heading into the game, but once again they could be without a critical bench contributor.

The good news for Philly is that their backup center, Greg Monroe is expected to play. Monroe got some minutes on Monday night after being pretty much absent for a majority of Game 1. Sixers' head coach Brett Brown decided to switch up the gameplan during the second outing against the Raptors, and Monroe was having himself a night. Unfortunately, he had to take off early since he hurt his ankle.

As for Sixers' backup forward, Mike Scott, his status is still in question. Scott has yet to make his debut in this series against the Raptors and is hopeful that his time to return will come on Thursday night. Scott appeared on the court at practice on Wednesday afternoon, but when the media asked whether he was going to play or not after the shootaround, Scott couldn't give anybody a definitive answer.

Brett Brown decided to speak on Scott's health briefly as well, but he didn't show much more promise than the Sixers forward did. While Scott is feeling much better and is out of the boot and able to shoot around and practice, there is no guarantee that he is going to be able to appear in the game to play some postseason basketball. Seeing how the Sixers have handled injuries in the recent past, there's a good chance Scott shows up on the final injury report as a game-time decision.

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