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Sixers rookie Shake Milton out 2-3 weeks after hand surgery

Sixers, Shake Milton

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Shake Milton underwent a procedure on Tuesday morning to repair a fractured metacarpal in his right hand. As a result, the former SMU Mustang will be out of commission for roughly three weeks before being re-evaluated:

Milton, now 22 years of age, has played in just two games for the Sixers over the last month. He has spent the majority of his time with Philadelphia’s G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.

In 13 appearances with the Sixers this season, Milton has racked up averages of 4.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting from the field (40.0 percent from beyond the arc), 1.5 rebounds and an assist in 9.7 minutes per outing.

Milton has shown flashes of promise. In a January loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Georgia native scored a career-high 11 points (4-of-7 from the field) with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

The Sixers will be back in action on Tuesday night, when they’ll welcome the Boston Celtics to town for a huge Eastern Conference showdown. Philadelphia is 23-6 at home this season, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be looking to keep that momentum rolling. Tip-off inside the Wells Fargo Center is set for 8:00 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.