After a tough loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night at home, the Philadelphia 76ers are set to host the Miami Heat less than 24 hours after wrapping up their game against the Raptors.
Heading into Sunday’s game, the Sixers had a clean injury report. Outside of G League assignees, the Sixers haven’t had any absences.
Coming out of Sunday’s game without any notable setbacks on their roster, the Sixers could rest a player or two, leaving them shorthanded against the Miami Heat.
James Harden, who rested against the Heat weeks ago, said he plans to play the second straight night after Sunday’s game. “That’s the plan,” he said. “I plan to play.”
As for Joel Embiid, his status remains unclear. In recent games, Embiid was questionable ahead of the clashes as he suffered from back pain. Although his status as a player was in question, Embiid managed to play.
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It is unclear whether he will finally take a night off on Monday or not.
What about Miami?
On the Miami side, they have a few key absences and could potentially have more.
Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo were already ruled out against the Sixers on Monday night. Meanwhile, Caleb Martin and All-Star Jimmy Butler are currently considered questionable to play.
Butler has been in and out of Miami’s lineup lately. Butler has missed three meetings in the last ten games, but none of his absences have been consecutive.
When the Heat played the Oklahoma City Thunder a few nights ago, Butler was absent in the 12-point win. The last time the star veteran took to the court was March 15, when the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons.
Butler’s recent absence trend suggests he could return to the floor on Monday night to face the Sixers in Philadelphia, but the Heat cannot guarantee he will be available as he is currently suffering from a sprained right ankle. .
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.