It turns out that Dario Saric will miss another game.
The 76ers power forward sat out Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with what Brett Brown said was a swollen bursa sac in his right elbow. He’ll also miss Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center because he has cellulitis, a bacterial infection, in the elbow. Saric has been receiving intravenous treatment, the team said.
He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and the Sixers will determine whether he can play Wednesday in Detroit against the Pistons.
The Sixers will be without two of their best players Tuesday for the second straight game. Joel Embiid missed the last two games after fracturing the orbital bone near his left eye this past Wednesday at home against the New York Knicks. The all-star center had surgery on Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks.
Saric banged up his elbow when he dove on the floor to tap the ball to Ben Simmons in the game against the Knicks.
He kept playing. However, the elbow bothered him during Friday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Now it is infected.
Brown told reporters that the plan was to rest him against the Hornets. The coach said he expected Saric to play against the Nets (25-52).
Tuesday will mark the third game the second-year player will miss this season. He was sidelined in a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 7 with a left-eye laceration and a right-eye corneal abrasion.
Saric is the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 14.9 points per game. Ersan Ilyasova will start in his place for the second straight game.
Brooklyn reserve guard Isaiah Whitehead will miss Tuesday’s game with a sprained right wrist.
Dr. J sculpture
The Sixers will unveil a sculpture of Hall of Famer and former team great Julius Erving on Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden. It will be placed alongside the sculptures of Sixers greats Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Mo Cheeks, and Bobby Jones on the 76ers Legends Walk.
Erving was a two-time NBA MVP and an 11-time all-star who led the Sixers to the 1983 NBA title. The small forward won two ABA titles and earned two ABA MVP awards before being acquired by the NBA’s Sixers before the 1976-77 season. He compiled 30,026 points, 10,525 rebounds and 5,176 assists in 16 seasons combined in the NBA and ABA.
The Sixers retired his No. 6 jersey on April 18, 1988. Erving was named to the NBA’s 35th anniversary team on Oct. 30, 1980. On Oct. 29, 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.