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Sixers' Doc Rivers hopes to have Furkan Korkmaz back soon

Field Level Media
11 May 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers said fourth-year guard Furkan Korkmaz is nearing a return from his ankle injury as the team prepares for its final week of games before the playoffs.

Korkmaz was hurt in Philadelphia's May 3 game against the Chicago Bulls.

On Monday, Rivers told reporters that Korkmaz practiced and could be back as early as Tuesday's road game against the Indiana Pacers.

"He's close, he did go today," Rivers said. "I wouldn't rule him out for tomorrow, but I'm not sure whether he will play tomorrow or not."

Korkmaz, a career 38 percent shooter from 3-point range, averages 9.3 points and 19.3 minutes per game this season.

Missing practice on Monday were center Joel Embiid and guards Matisse Thybulle and Shake Milton.

"Matisse hurt his hand last game (Saturday vs. Detroit) so we didn't want anybody to hit it just because that would take them out of any chance of playing tomorrow," he explained. "Shake is just really management and Joel as well."

Thybulle, a defensive standout, has an average of 3.9 points per game, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists through 65 games (eight starts) this season.

--Field Level Media

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