The injury status for Philadelphia 76ers star Tyrese Maxey was downgraded to questionable for Game 2 against the New York Knicks. A team official said that Maxey is dealing with an illness. The All-Star guard was not present at the team's morning pregame shootaround at Madison Square Garden.

However, Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT reported before tip-off that Maxey will be available. Joel Embiid will also be available for the game.

Tyrese Maxey recorded a game-high 33 points, four assists, two rebounds and two blocks in the 76ers' Game 1 loss to the Knicks. The 76ers guard did a great job staying aggressive alongside Joel Embiid and provided Philly with some crucial scoring and hustle plays. Philly was hopeful that he would be able to suit up for the next matchup with New York.

The 76ers lost Game 1 on Saturday night by a final score of 111-104 as Embiid dealt with an injury scare. The big man played in the second half after a hard fall on his left leg near the end of the first half. Nick Nurse said that Embiid felt “pretty good” the day after Game 1, and after initially being listed as questionable for Game 2 along with Maxey, Embiid was also made available.

Tyrese Maxey ready to go for Game 2 of 76ers vs. Knicks series

Philadelphia is looking to keep up with New York's tenacious rebounding and find a way to stay effective in the minutes that Embiid sits. Although Maxey struggled to lead Embiid-less lineups in Game 1, his dynamic scoring and playmaking give Philly someone to play through. If he had been absent, it would have also made it easier for the Knicks to send additional defenders toward Embiid throughout the game.

Embiid (left knee injury recovery) was also listed as questionable on the NBA injury report while De'Anthony Melton (back injury recovery) and Robert Covington (left knee bone bruise) have been ruled out. New York star Julius Randle (right shoulder surgery) is also out.

Tip-off for Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 PM EST. The Sixers will look to even the series up and hope that Maxey, who was recently named one of three finalists for the Most Improved Player award, will be available to play.