Sixers’ Greg Monroe Expects to Play Game 3 vs. Raptors
The Philadelphia 76ers finally get some favorable news back from the medical team on Wednesday. No, we're not aware of Mike Scott's status just yet, but they were fortunate enough to find out that their backup center, Greg Monroe should be good to go. On Monday night during Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors, Monroe left early with an ankle injury, which couldn't happen at a worse time.
Surprisingly, Monroe was performing reasonably well for the Sixers. In 12 minutes on the court, the backup center drained ten points, while collecting five rebounds. Unfortunately, his night ended early due to ankle complications. Monroe was a significant loss for the Sixers down the stretch during Game 2. Although he only ended up playing so many minutes, he was giving Toronto a run for their money. The Sixers ended up coming out on top anyway, which evened the series up at 1-1 as both squads head to Philly.
According to Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, Monroe was a participant in Wednesday's practice. After the afternoon shootaround, Monroe met with the media to give them the good news. Despite leaving the game early the other night, the backup center revealed that he expects to play on Thursday night for Game 3. It's unclear what the Sixers strategy will be, so there's no guarantee Monroe will see a ton of minutes regardless. During Game 1, he only appeared on the court for four minutes.
Maybe after his decent performance on Monday night, Brett Brown will elect to have Monroe get more playing time during Game 3 if he's feeling up for it. The Sixers have a prime opportunity to take the lead in this series for the first time, and they need to get healthy before Thursday night in order to make it happen. As for Mike Scott, he also practiced on Wednesday, but his status is still unknown.
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