The Philadelphia 76ers will be without defenseman Tyreese Maxey for three to four weeks due to a left leg bone injury, according to CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter. Maxi was injured during the Sixers’ 110–102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
At the end of the first half, after Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a shot, Maxi caught the ball on the rebound and flew to the floor. Approaching the basket, he tried to maneuver around Jevon Carter and stepped on the foot of the Bucks defenseman. Maxi sprained his ankle and hobbled up the steps of the first few rows of seats in great pain. Although he stayed in the game to shoot free throws, it was clear he couldn’t continue and he finally shut down on the next dead ball.
Maxi was on his way to another stellar game, having already posted 24 points, four rebounds and five assists when he left the game. It was the first half of his career with 20 points and five assists, and before the injury he scored or assisted 36 of the 66ers’ 52 points.
After bursting onto the scene last season and in the playoffs, Maxi has maintained that momentum this season as well. In 15 games, he is second on the team in scoring with 22.9 points per game, adding 3.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists and 46.2% shooting from the field and 42.2% from three-pointers. Among third-year players, Maxi is second only to Desmond Bain in scoring.
His injury was the final blow to the Sixers, who had a rough start to the season due to injuries. Due to various medical conditions, Joel Embiid has already been ruled out for four games, while James Harden has not played since Nov. 2 with a foot tendon strain and is not expected until early December.
With both Harden and Maxi out of the game, the Sixers won’t have more than 40 points in a game. This will place an even greater burden on Embiid, which even he may not be able to handle. As we approach the quarter of the season, the Sixers are eighth in the Eastern Conference, 8-7; if they can stay in that range until they recover, it will be a success.