Sixers Notes: Horford Out, Richardson Doubtful Tonight vs Knicks
After taking the Thanksgiving holiday off, the Sixers are right back in action tonight in New York against the Knicks (listen on 97.3 ESPN, 7:30).
When they take the court, they will be without several key players, as starter Al Horford will sit this one out, and Jason Richardson is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury suffered in the win over the Kings. Also out is reserve center Kyle O'Quinn with a calf strain.
With Richardson and Horford expected to be out, expect Furkan Korkmaz and Mike Scott to slide into the starting lineup.
Another guy who could see an uptick in minutes is rookie Matisse Thybulle, who scored a career-high 15 points coming off the bench. He shot a perfect 5-5 from the field, including knocking down a career-high three three-pointers and added four steals in 21 minutes.
"As a coach, you need to have that confidence that your players are going to follow the game plan," Sixers head coach Brett Brown explained. "He’s slowly starting to understand, and I think he’s getting better and he’s making shots."
"When he doesn’t think, he’s a great player," Ben Simmons added. "He’s long, so he gets steals and blocks. He’s one of the best defenders on the team. Offensively, he’s spotting up and getting to the rim. He’s been great."
The Sixers also play tomorrow against the Pacers (listen on 97.3 ESPN, 7pm), which means it would seem likely that Joel Embiid would sit that game out, as the back end of a back-to-back situation.