NEW ORLEANS -- Robert Covington will miss Sunday's game against the Pelicans in New Orleans because of a lower back contusion he suffered during a fall on Saturday late against the Cavaliers.
X-rays and a CT scan came back negative. Covington is with the team in New Orleans and is doubtful for Tuesday's game in Minnesota.
Covington tumbled out of bounds and over courtside seats while he tried to save a possession during a Sixers comeback attempt. There is an approximate four-to-five inch drop between the court and the area where Covington landed. Many of his teammates were unaware of Covington's injury at first because it was out of their vision.
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"It's scary to see your teammate like that," guard JJ Redick said. "They said he fell on his back. I wanted to make sure he's walking and not in too much pain. But I just wish the best for him and hope he's OK."
The Sixers will have to replace Covington in the starting lineup. They will have Joel Embiid back after the big man sat out Saturday because of his back-to-back restriction.