Nerlens Noel (lower back and left knee contustions) participated in practice today and is expected to return to play on Friday Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports.
Noel sat out in Philadelphia's last preseason game against the Nets, and was limited in the contest before that against the Cavaliers. While Noel's injuries appear to be minor with bruises to his knee and back, it is still something to keep an eye on with Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) as day-to-day.
Nerlens Noel (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's exhibition matchup against the Knicks, Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports.
Noel missed Saturday's game against the Nets with a couple of minor injuries - bruises to his knee and back - and Monday's absence is likely precautionary, more than anything else. Rookie Jahlil Okafor will also sit out with the regular season approaching.
Nerlens Noel missed practice on Friday and is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Nets due to a left knee contusion and lower back contusion,Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Noel was dealing with a sore hip earlier in the week that limited his minutes in the Philadelphia 76ers ' preseason debut Tuesday. On Thursday, Noel played 26 minutes in which he had 10 points, 15 rebounds, and two assists in a win over the Cavaliers. The injuries appear to be more precautionary than anything, and should not keep Noel for an extended period of time.
Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel , who dealt with a sore hip in Monday's practice, is in line to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Washington Wizards , Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Noel will start at power forward next to No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor , but expect Sixers coach Brett Brown to limit his minutes in an effort to alleviate the burden on his hip.
"I’m ecstatic to play with Joel," Noel said. "I think it’s going to be something special. The chemistry we already have, and we haven’t even been on the court together, is something that’s great to have.
"I think things we need to work on, me personally, I need to continue to work on the shooting and be able to spread the floor a little bit, be able to knock down a 15-footer with more consistency. And as time goes on, I think Joel’s going to be good. He already has touch around the basket, and he can extend his game out to 15-footers, so I think it’s going to be very complimentary. Both of us having the ability to pass the ball, I think that’s going to be something that people don’t know too much about that’s going to help us a lot."
Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals while shooting 46.2 percent in 75 games during his rookie season. Embiid missed the season while recovering from a foot injury.
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