• Jahlil Okafor (shin), Nerlens Noel (bruised knee) and Nik Stauskas (illness) are all expected to return soon.

    The injury reporting in Philly has jumped up in the rankings to be among the worst in the league.  We now know the injury to Noel is indeed a knee issue, as intimated by beat writer Bob Cooney about a week ago, and now we know they’re coming back soon.  Or at least that’s what the AP says.  So owners should be holding Okafor and Noel and scaling back their bets on guys like Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes.  They all have until Wednesday to get healthy for the Sixers’ next game against the Rockets.

    Update on Okafor: “It’s just a significant bruise at this stage,” coach Brett Brown said about Okafor’s injury. “It’s not something that we’re overly concerned with. We’re going to learn [Monday] when we get back to Philadelphia. I don’t expect him to be out very long.”

    Update on Noel: “I don’t really know [when he will play] but it’s not anything that we think is going to be prolonged,” Brown said. “It’s not something that we think is going to extend much further than, we believe, what’s already gone on.”

    Update on everybody else: Stauskas and Kendall Marshall were held back in Philly because their illnesses were contagious and Brown is “hopeful” that they’ll play.  Hollis Thompson (illness) and T.J. McConnell (shin) have had their minutes restrictions lifted. 

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