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Sixers talent Robert Covington undergoes surgery in left middle finger

Robert Covington

Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger, according to a press release from the team.

He injured the finger in the December 28th game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but was able to play the rest of the season with the bum finger.

Covington is able to use the hand immediately but will wear a splint on the finger to ensure proper recovery. In 2-3 weeks he will be reevaluated to “assess his readiness to resume basketball activities.” Without any setbacks, this is a pretty minor surgery, and he should be fully healed in a few weeks.

Covington had a really nice regular season for the Sixers, playing in 80 games. He averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Covington shot 41.3 percent from the floor, and 36.9 percent from deep.

During the postseason Covington really struggled and it was a big reason why the Sixers couldn’t get beyond the Boston Celtics. Covington averaged only 6.8 points per game while shooting 26.3 percent from the field. The Celtics perimeter defense was too much for Covington, and he couldn’t seem to take them off the dribble.

Covington, throughout his career, has also been known as a really good defender, but against the Celtics, that was far from the case. Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier were able to take him off the dribble all series, and that sudden drop off on both sides of the ball is concerning. Even if his finger was bothering him while shooting, on the defensive side it shouldn’t have made that much of a difference.