Last night, Jahlil Okafor missed his fifth straight game with right shin/knee issues. He initially hurt the shin colliding with Isaiah Canaan, but his knee swelled up – maybe from that, maybe not – and he got a CT scan yesterday. Sounds relatively run of the mill, so what’s the big deal? Brett Brown won’t say he’s not out for the year:
Coach Brett Brown was reluctant to say whether Jahlil Okafor would miss the remainder of the season with what the 76ers are calling recurring right knee soreness.
Brown said Wednesday that his standout rookie power forward had a CAT scan Tuesday. He said the team would know more Thursday, maybe even late Wednesday night.
“I think everything will be reviewed after we get that information,” Brown said when he was asked whether the Sixers are considering sidelining Okafor for the rest of the season. “It’s a fair question, but I think it’s reckless right now to say what the plan is when we don’t know what the information truly is.
“I think that we might know after the game more. I would imagine we’ll know almost everything [Thursday]. But that decision hasn’t been discussed.”
At this point it’s still early, but the recurring “hurt bigman” narrative might have more legs (sorry) than we’d all hoped. We should know more at some point today, but Okafor’s up and down season could end prematurely with 18 games left for the Sixers to fight their way out of owning the NBA’s new futility record. We’ll have more when his status is updated.