Covington underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Covington originally suffered the injury in a game against the Trail Blazers on Dec. 28, so he ended up playing through it for more than four months. Now that the offseason is here, Covington officially underwent a procedure to correct the issue and is expected to be reevaluated in two-to-three weeks. That timetable puts a return well ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, so look for the sixth-year forward to be at full strength for training camp. Covington is coming off his healthiest season of his career in terms of games played (80 games), but his averages didn't change much with 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.5 three-pointer across 31.6 minutes.
Covington compiled just five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 114-112 loss to the Celtics.
Covington came off the bench for the second straight game and was unable to have any sort of impact in the narrow loss. It was a disappointing end to the season for Covington and the Sixers as they fall out of the playoffs in convincing style. Covington had another solid season but once again saw lengthy patches of poor play, limiting his overall fantasy value. Despite the lackluster finish to the season, he remains a big part of the future plans for the organization and will look to work on some of his inconsistencies across the off-season.
Covington will shift to a bench role for Game 4 against the Celtics on Monday.
With the Sixers on the brink of elimination, they'll make a last second switch and go to a smaller lineup that features T.J. McConnell in the starting five over Covington. What that means for Covington's workload is somewhat unclear, though it seems likely he'll see at least a slight down tick in the 30.1 minutes he averaged thus far in the playoffs. As a result of the demotion, Covington's usage in DFS contests becomes even more risky.
Covington scored 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Thursday's 108-103 loss to the Celtics in Game 2.
It was his best performance yet this postseason and a huge improvement on his three-point effort in Game 1, but it wasn't enough to keep the Sixers from falling behind 0-2 in the series. Covington will look to keep his momentum going back in Philly for Game 3 on Saturday.
Covington mustered only three points (0-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 27 minutes during Philadelphia's 117-101 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
The 27-year-old wing suffered through his worst postseason performance thus far, posting a playoff-low point total while failing to drain at least one bucket for the first time all season. Covington had generated three consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to finish out the first-round series against the Heat, so Monday's downturn shapes up as an outlier that he'll try to bounce back from in Thursday's Game 2.
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