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Sixers guard Shake Milton ‘nowhere near’ ready to play

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton won’t be returning to the floor anytime soon. The Sixers wing is “nowhere near” ready for NBA basketball, according to head coach Doc Rivers.

Milton has been dealing with a right ankle sprain.

“I don’t know what his status is,” Rivers said Monday. “I know he’s out. Shake is nowhere near playing yet. He’ll be out for a while.”

The 76ers are also dealing with injuries to Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) and Matisse Thybulle (right shoulder soreness), though both players are on track to play on in the opener. The Sixers open their season against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

“Both were good,” Rivers said on Sunday. “Matisse, I wanna say made it through without coming out much other than us pulling him out. Tobias, we were more careful with quite honestly. Some of the halfcourt pick-up stuff we didn’t keep him on the floor a lot. He’s fine, but for me, I need him to get to Wednesday.”

Harris and Thybulle were both optimistic about their availability for Wednesday.

Milton, 25, averaged a career-high 13.0 points per game last season. Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey and Isaiah Joe will be expected to step up in Milton’s absence.

Of course, beyond injuries, Philly has to sort out the whole Ben Simmons thing.