Key Sixers reserve Jalen McDaniels questionable for Game 3
Philadelphia 76ers forward Jalen McDaniels is questionable for Thursday’s Game 3 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets because of a non-COVID illness according to the NBA injury report released on Wednesday.
The illness could cause McDaniels to miss Game 3 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, in which the Sixers took the first two games of the series in Philadelphia.
If McDaniels misses the game, the team could give more minutes ot starter P.J. Tucker, or we could see more minutes from Danuel House or Georges Niang.
The Sixers acquired McDaniels at the deadline in a deal with the Charlotte Hornets, playing in 24 games with his new team. With the Sixers he has averages of 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, hitting 40% from 3-point range in 17.5 minutes per game.
The 6-10 McDaniels played in 22 minutes in the Game 2 win, and got some key minutes late in the game He gives the Sixers more length on the defensive end of the floor and the ability to shoot the three on the offensive end.
He showed his ability to score in the teams win over the Hawks when given more minutes. He played 43 minutes, scoring 24 points with 11 rebounds.
He played in 56 games (21 starts) with the Hornets before coming over to Philly, with career-high averages across the board at 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 26.7 minutes of action in Charlotte.
The Sixers lead the series 2-0. Game 3 tips off from The Barclays Center on Thursday with Tom McGinnis on the call at 7:30 p.m. on 97.3 ESPN.