Report: Dario Saric (elbow infection) out vs. Nets
The Philadelphia 76ers have been on a roll over the last couple of weeks working their way up the standings on a current 10-game win streak. It has pushed them into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings in position to possibly secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
They have continued to head in the right direction despite All-Star big man Joel Embiid being out of the mix with an orbital fracture that required surgery. However, it appears the 76ers will be without the services of another important piece in the frontcourt with Dario Saric out for Tuesday’s tilt against the Brooklyn Nets due to an elbow infection.
A medical update on Dario Saric. pic.twitter.com/XV77923ONj
— x – Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 2, 2018
In his second campaign, Saric has provided consistent production on the floor averaging 14.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.9 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures 60 times with 17 20-point outings and 13 double-doubles. At his position, he is currently sixth in the league in 3-point percentage and ninth in scoring.
The 76ers currently have six more games left in the regular season with Tuesday’s contest against the Nets being the first of a back-to-back set with the second being against the Detroit Pistons. Three out of the final six games will be played at home with a pair coming against a couple playoff-bound teams in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks.
In his absence, Philadelphia will likely turn to Ersan Ilyasova to make a spot start against Philadelphia. In 17 games played with the team, he is averaging 9.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc along with 5.6 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per contest. With there being no exact timetable for Saric’s return to the court, Ilysova could be in line for a couple starts down the stretch of the regular season.