76ers center Jahlil Okafor will miss his second consecutive game on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center because of a sore right knee.
The injury also sidelined him in Saturday’s setback to the Detroit Pistons.
He has been dealing with knee soreness since having surgery on March 22, 2016 to repair the meniscus in the knee. The injury cost the NBA all-rookie selection the final 23 games of last season.
Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked if he’s concerned, considering the surgery was almost a year ago. The coach kind of sidestepped the question.
“More missing him – not on a court – stands out out to me the most,” he said. “I hear the question. But for me, I’m just going into the game tonight and who we are going to play with.”
Richaun Holmes will start in play of Okafor for the second straight game. Brown said he doesn’t think the second-year veteran will be sidelined long.
“I don’t think so,” the coach said. “He was fine today going through shootaround, same old same old that we all heard for a while a long time on trying to err on being smart.
“But I can’t make that a perfect statement. But my gut says I don’t believe so.”
Okafor is scheduled to be reevaluated on Tuesday morning.
He has only played 984 minutes so this season due to being buried behind Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel and knee soreness. That’s down from the 1,591 minutes he played last season, and that campaign ended of Feb. 28, 2016.
This season, Okafor became the regular starter on Feb. 24 with Embiid having a season-ending left knee meniscus tear and bone bruise. Meanwhile, Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks the day earlier.