Well, it’s another day with a big piece of news in the morning with the Wizards shutting down their practice facility due to two players going through health and safety protocols. The Suns played against the Wizards on Monday, and we’ll have to see what happens with the big Board of Governors meeting today.
The first game of the day is truly wild. There are 17 players already on the injury report for 76ers-Heat, and there will almost certainly be more. The Heat literally tweeted “We have enough” this morning. Let’s get an idea of what those rotations will look like.
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (back end)
Injuries: Bam Adebayo (O, protocols), Avery Bradley (O, protocols), Jimmy Butler (O, protocols), Goran Dragic (O, protocols), Maurice Harkless (O, protocols), Udonis Haslem (O, protocols), Kendrick Nunn (O, protocols), KZ Okpala (O, protocols), Meyers Leonard (Q, shoulder), Kelly Olynyk (P, groin), Gabe Vincent (P, knee), Shake Milton (O, protocols, Matisse Thybulle (O, protocols), Tobias Harris (O, protocols), Vincent Poirier (O, protocols), Terrance Ferguson (O, personal), Seth Curry (O, protocols) Furkan Korkmaz (O, groin), Ben Simmons (unofficially Q, knee), Joel Embiid (unofficially Q, back)
“We have enough.”
Heat expected starters: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Precious Achiuwa, Kelly Olynyk (P)
Bench: Meyers Leonard (Q), Andre Iguodala, Max Strus, Chris Silva
So we know Herro and Duncan are going to get all they can handle today, and you can expect Strus and Vincent to get a decent amount of burn in the backcourt. Kelly O should get at least minutes in the upper 20s, but the Heat clearly have a strong enough frontcourt compared to their backcourt.
76ers expected starters: Tyrese Maxey, Dakota Mathias, Danny Green, Mike Scott, Dwight Howard
So there’s a chance that Ben Simmons can play today, but I’d guess Embiid is out for the B2B. He went to the locker room in the first half on Monday, and you’d think he’d sit in this one after not playing in a non-B2B on Saturday. If no Ben, we know Tyrese Maxey is going to be extremely busy, and we should expect Mathias, Green and Isaiah Joe to lock down the wing minutes. Paul Reed was almost out of the rotation with Mike Scott getting the lion’s share of the PF time and we even saw some Dwight-Joel overlap in the first half.