Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton is expected to miss his eighth straight game on Wednesday when the team faces the Orlando Magic at home. This is due to a back contusion he sustained in a home win against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 3 that has been plaguing him.
The Sixers missed Milton’s ability to get the ball on the ground for the second session and his ability to score from the bench. He’s averaging 10.5 points, which is a huge mistake for the bench group when it comes to having someone who can jump off the bench and score for them.
With that in mind, Milton gave an update on Wednesday about how he’s feeling ahead of the team taking on the Magic.
“As soon as I got hit, my back was kind of — a combination of spasms and a real tightening and locking,” Milton said. “Since then just through treatment and acupuncture, massage therapy and all sorts of things. I move better I can finally get onto the pitch a bit and move around. So it certainly feels better.”
As for a possible return date, Milton has one thing in mind, but he won’t share just yet.
“I have a date in mind,” Milton added. “I don’t even really want to share it, but soon for sure. I mean, the more I can get out there and be able to just run up and down, you know what I mean? Play like 5v5 and get some really good runs. I’m ready to go.”
Coach Doc Rivers recently gave an update on Milton, saying he could beat him in one race. Even though the back feels better, Rivers added that he can still do it. That suggests he’s still a ways off.
“No, I think I can still beat him, which of course isn’t a good thing,” Rivers said. “It’s his back, the whole thing from the fall. Hopefully it will eventually work itself out and give him some comfort. I don’t think he’s feeling well right now.”
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