The Philadelphia 76ers will continue their road trip on Friday when they take on the Charlotte Hornets for the second of a three-game trip. This is part of a tough stretch for the Sixers where they will play seven of eight games away from the Wells Fargo Center before they prepare for the playoffs.
The Sixers are currently dealing with an injury to one of their key bench pieces in the form of Jalen McDaniels. Philadelphia acquired McDaniels from the Hornets at the Feb. 9 deadline and he has really been helpful to the second unit. However, he will miss his second straight game on Friday due to a right hip contusion.
At shootaround on Friday, McDaniels mentioned that he can’t be physical due to the injury. That is what is holding him back as he continues to recover from the issue he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Washington Wizards.
J. McDaniels (hip) on restraints: “Just being physical. Me being a skinner-type dude, I have to be physical. So without that, I’m just like nothing now w/ the injury. I can’t hit somebody like I want to. I felt like TJ…was kind of doing his thing.I really couldn’t do mine back.” pic.twitter.com/kcsg9VgeU3
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 17, 2023
In 13 games with the Sixers, McDaniels is averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while also providing some tough defense out on the perimeter. Philadelphia will just have to hold things down in order to move forward without him.