The Sixers will be down two starters tonight in Dallas.
In addition to being without Joel Embiid, the Sixers won't have Robert Covington, who has been ruled out with a right hand contusion.
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Embiid not with team, out. Covington right hand contusion, out (status tomorrow TBD). Henderson hip soreness, probable.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) February 1, 2017
It's a big loss given how well Covington has played of late. In the last two games, he's totaled 44 points, 22 rebounds, five assists, seven steals and three blocks.
Covington is actually only the second player in the NBA this season to have two straight games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, joining DeMarcus Cousins.
NBA players this season with 2 straight games of 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, 3+ steals:
Robert Covington, DeMarcus Cousins.— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidmanCSN) January 31, 2017
Covington averaged 36.5 minutes in those games, so expect to see more of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Embiid was expected to miss this game. He was listed as doubtful for the Sixers' games Wednesday and Thursday at Dallas and San Antonio, but he obviously won't play in either because he didn't travel with the Sixers to Texas.
Jahlil Okafor will start a second straight game in place of Embiid. Nerlens Noel will come off the bench.
Jahlil Okafor will start tonight vs. the Mavs, Nerlens Noel off the bench.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) February 1, 2017
Two-guard Gerald Henderson is probable with hip soreness.