Sixers sharpshooter Danny Green is headed for an MRI after suffering a gruesome knee injury during Thursday night’s Game 6 against Miami, colliding with teammate Joel Embiid on a play early in the first quarter. Green made his only shot—a three-pointer—before exiting. The Sixers won’t know the full extent of Green’s injury until his MRI results come back, though it appeared serious with the 34-year-old needing to be carried to the locker room by teammates.
A three-time NBA champion for the Spurs, Raptors and Lakers, Green had emerged as a locker-room leader for Philadelphia, providing a spark with his inspired play in Game 3 with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a 99-79 Sixers victory. Green mostly served as a role player early in the year but moved into the starting lineup after the Sixers traded Seth Curry to Brooklyn as part of the return package for James Harden.
Among the most respected veterans in the league, the NBA community lamented Green’s injury with many, including his former Lakers teammate, LeBron James, wishing for a speedy recovery.
Though not the player he was early in his career, Green is still a significant loss for a Sixers team that wasn’t all that deep to begin with, particularly with hobbled All-Star Joel Embiid playing through painful thumb and facial injuries.