Stauskas (knee) will not play for the three road games ahead and is expected to be out for a week, Keith Pomper of the Philly Inquirer reports. Stauskas suffered a left knee contusion during Monday's loss to Minnesota, and will miss Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Friday's game against the Rockets, and Sunday's game against the Grizzlies. Stauskas was replaced by Isaiah Canaan at shooting guard when he left the game on Monday, and that's likely to happen again for the three-game road trip. Jakarr Sampson is also likely to see increased minutes contribution from the bench behind Canaan.
Stauskas underwent an MRI on Tuesday, and the results revealed nothing more than a left knee contusion, Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports. Stauskas departed Monday's loss to Minnesota with pain in his left knee, finishing with two points in just 12 minutes of action. Tuesday's MRI was mostly precautionary, but the results are a relief nonetheless, as Stauskas has avoided any sort of injury that would keep him out for an extended period. That said, considering the discomfort was enough to force him from Monday's game, Stauskas could miss a game or two in the short term. Philadelphia is off Tuesday before playing at Boston on Wednesday night.
Stauskas came away from Monday's loss to the Heat with a left knee pain and didn't return, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. He finished with two points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in just 12 minutes of court time. The 76ers replaced Stauskas with Isaiah Canaan at shooting guard in the second half, and Canaan would likely be asked to enter the starting lineup Wednesday against Boston if Stauskas is deemed unable to play. Stauskas should receive more clarity on that front after receiving the results of his MRI on Tuesday, which will give the 76ers a better indication of his health. Stauskas has been struggling mightily with his shot all season, hitting on just 33.1 percent of his attempts from the field. An injury that sidelines him for anything length of time would be a crippling blow to his already dwindling fantasy value.
Stauskas was held scoreless (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) in Monday's game against the Mavericks. He saw just 16 minutes of court time. Though coach Brett Brown reiterated his commitment to Stauskas as his starting shooting guard prior to Monday's game, at the very least, Brown's patience seems to be wearing thin. With Stauskas stuck in a deep shooting slump, the second-year guard has seen his court time fall below 20 minutes in each of his last two games, during which he's fallen completely off the score sheet. Backup shooting guard Isaiah Canaan is battling similar struggles from the field, so Stauskas still may have some time to turn it around, but his stock is clearly on the decline.
Coach Brett Brown still plans on sticking with Stauskas as his starting shooting guard, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Stauskas has been in an offensive rut the last four games, cracking double-digit scoring just once while shooting a collective 9-for-40 (22.5 percent) from the field and 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) from three-point range. His season marks aren't much better than what he's shown lately, and questions are beginning to abound regarding whether or not Stauskas is a viable long-term solution for the 76ers at the two-guard spot. The lack of attractive alternatives will likely prompt Brown to stick with Stauskas in the hope that he catches fire, but the second-year player doesn't make for a strong activation at this time.
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