76ers center Jahlil Okafor is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center because of right-knee soreness. The center received treatment on Tuesday instead of practicing.
Okafor has missed the past two games with the soreness. A team spokesman said that the Sixers have not scheduled an MRI and that the team is monitoring his knee daily. One of Sixers coach Brett Brown's goals is “to deliver the guys till the end of the season,” according to the spokesman. In other words, the Sixers are trying to hold off on scheduling surgery or an MRI until the season has ended.
Okafor is scheduled to travel with the Sixers on the four-game road trip that starts against the Blazers.
“My gut feel is that we will see him on a court on this road trip,” Brown said.
After Portland, the Sixers will travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Saturday and Lakers on Sunday. Then they’ll head to the Bay Area to face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Okafor has been dealing with knee soreness since having surgery on March 22, 2016, to repair the meniscus. The injury cost the NBA all-rookie selection the final 23 games of last season
In other injury news, Jerryd Bayless was scheduled to get the cast on his left wrist removed on Tuesday. The combo guard has missed all but three games this season because of a torn ligament in his left wrist. The spokesman was unsure if Bayless would join the team on the road trip.
Rookie Ben Simmons is not expected to, according to the spokesman. However, Joel Embiid will join the team in Los Angeles. The center is sidelined, after playing 31 games, because of a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee.