Saric will not play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks due to left heel soreness, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Saric's heel issue is likely a phantom injury, as the rookie is likely just getting the night off in the team's final game after appearing in all 81 games this season. Saric was already on a 24-minute limit for the final month of the season, but now, in his absence, the 76ers will likely give extended minutes to the likes of Alex Poythress and Shawn Long, as they could potentially be playing their final games in a Philadelphia uniform Wednesday.
With the 76ers playing out the string on another lottery-bound season, team management will play it safe with Saric while he's less than 100 percent healthy. He hasn't played particularly well over the past five contests with a 32.9 percent mark from the field, and those struggles combined with restricted minutes will likely limit his appeal as a DFS option the rest of the way. Saric's restriction will likely open up a few extra minutes for reserve big men Shawn Long and Alex Poythress.
Saric is dealing with left heel soreness and will have his playing time restricted to 24 minutes during Sunday's game against the Raptors.
Saric's minutes restriction will allow for Shawn Long to see additional action in the 76ers' frontcourt alongside starting center Richaun Holmes. Saric's injury appears to be a minor issue, so he could be back to full strength for Tuesday's tilt versus the Nets.
Saric recorded 15 points (5-18 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one block across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 99-92 loss to the Hawks.
There's no question that Saric will get his shots up-- he's averaged over 16 attempts per game over his last five-- but whether or not those shots go in is another question entirely. The Rookie of the Year candidate is averaging 18.2 points over that five game span, but he's doing so on just 39.5 percent from the field and a dreadful 28 percent from deep. Luckily the well-rounded game Saric displayed Wednesday helps to make up for his shooting inefficiency, and makes him a reasonable fantasy play on most nights.
Saric supplied nine points (3-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes during Sunday's 107-94 loss to the Pacers.
Saric, who's shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from three since the All-Star break, had a rare cold night shooting the ball. Even though he had a solid game on the glass, it doesn't quite make up for his shortcomings in the scoring department, especially for those who rostered him in DFS. He also failed to record a defensive statistic for the first time since March 3 against the Knicks. Overall, it's not what we've come to expect from Saric as of late, though it can probably just be chalked up as an outlier.
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