Report: Shake Milton Avoids Serious Knee Injury
PHILADELPHIA, PA (973espn.com) — The Philadelphia 76ers managed to make it to the regular season fully healthy. Unfortunately, we found out quickly that it could be a long season full of injuries though, as the NBA can be a tough league when it comes to health.
On Saturday, the Sixers had both, Joel Embiid and Mike Scott listed as questionable for sprained ankles. Only Scott was able to make it to tip-off as Embiid missed the second game of the season. Fortunately, both of them were available for Monday's game over the Atlanta Hawks, but Shake Milton joined the injury report after hyper-extending his knee.
At first, the scene didn't look too promising. Whenever a knee injury occurs, athletes, media, and fans always tend to think of the worst-case scenario. However, everybody wanted to hope for the best and refused to speculate. On Tuesday afternoon, the Sixers returned back to Philly after a two-game road trip, and Milton underwent a few tests.
According to the initial reports, the results are quite promising. Milton will not need to undergo surgery for his knee, and his timeframe of being out doesn't seem to be too significant as of Tuesday evening, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters.
The Sixers resume their schedule on Wednesday at home, and Milton will surely be out of the lineup. After Wednesday's matchup, the Sixers will head out West for a four-game road trip. For precautionary reasons, Milton will not be available for those games, either. After the long trip, the veteran reserve will get his knee re-evaluated, and the Sixers will figure out where to go from there.