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Sixers’ lineup rotations continue as injury crisis persists

For the coaches, it was a game of short benches for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Sixers, who both had several players on the injury report for their Wednesday night showdown at Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers still are without the services of Joel Embiid (knee), their leading scorer and the reigning NBA MVP, as well as Tyrese Maxey, their second leading scorer recovering from a concussion.

Before the game, Sixers coach Nick Nurse said that Maxey, his indispensable All-Star guard, is recovering slowly.

“I think he’s still experiencing some very mild symptoms,” Nurse said. “Starting to try to get him started on the process of clearance so hopefully, that will go well. Hopefully, the symptoms will go away and clear up completely, and he’ll get trucking on that.”

Embiid on the other hand is working himself back into shape, according to ESPN. Embiid underwent surgery to repair meniscus in a knee and was slated to be reevaluated in four weeks. That would be Tuesday.

Veteran point guard Kyle Lowry, who turns 38 later this month, was given Wednesday off to rest. Guards De’Anthony Melton (lower back) and Robert Covington (knee) were scratched.

Melton won’t play until he’s reevaluated in a couple of weeks. Covington won’t be able to start basketball activities for at least another week to 10 days, making his availability iffy for the NBA playoffs that begin April 20. The Sixers entered the day fifth in the Eastern standings.

Cameron Payne started at the point for the Sixers, with Buddy Hield in the backcourt. Tobias Harris, Nick Batum and Paul Reed started in the frontcourt.

The Grizzlies also are banged up. Star Ja Morant had season-ending shoulder injury, while Scotty Pippen Jr. (back), Derrick Rose (back) and Marcus Smart (finger) all remained sidelined.

Jaren Jackson Jr. shook off a quad issue and returned to action but exited in the third quarter after being shaken up on a drive to the basket. The Grizzlies had won just three of their last 17 games at the tipoff Wednesday.

The Sixers host the New Orleans Pelicans Friday and hit the road Sunday for a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Jalen Brunson, the Knicks’ All-Star guard, is day to day with a knee injury.

Source: Berkshire mont

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