Sixers' Dario Saric cleared to play vs. Cavaliers

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric defends LeBron James during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Dario Saric will play in Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers power forward had been sidelined since Sunday with cellulitis, a bacterial infection, in his right elbow. He missed Sunday’s game against the  Hornets at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. He also was sidelined Tuesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center and Wednesday gainst the Pistons in Detroit.

Saric banged his elbow when he dove on the floor to tap the ball to Ben Simmons in the game against the Knicks last Wednesday.

He kept playing. However, the elbow bothered him during Friday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.  Now it is infected.

Saric is the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 14.9 points per game. Ersan Ilyasova is starting in his place.