Danny Green injury: Sixers wing diagnosed with ACL and LCL tears in left knee

CAMDEN, NJ — Danny Green took to the podium early Friday afternoon using crutches and a cast on his left leg.

He expressed optimism that the injury he sustained in the first quarter of the Sixers’ Game 6 loss on Thursday night against the Heat might not be serious.

“I’m very hopeful,” Green said. “I don’t feel as bad as it looked, I guess. They think it will be ligament damage – hopefully it won’t be major ligaments. The main ones feel intact, look pretty good. I do not know. I talk like I’m a doctor here, but I’m not. But I think it’s more the outside of the knee – the LCL – that hurts the most. … I took no painkillers; the pain was quite good. I slept well. It’s not that painful or anything. Things are going well at the moment. »

Green didn’t get the news he wanted. An MRI confirmed the veteran wing suffered ACL and LCL tears in his left knee, a Sixers official said. Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported Green’s ACL tear.

The injury did indeed appear to be quite serious when it occurred. Joel Embiid crashed into Green’s leg after scoring a drive-thru layup.

“I saw him drive to the edge and put it down,” Green said. “I didn’t know if it went in or not, but I just remember he had a fall. I tried to move, I couldn’t get out fast enough. It happened so fast.

“I saw this happen and I was trying to pull my leg out, but it got stuck under me and he rolled into it. … I didn’t realize how bad it was until I try to put weight on it and it deforms. And then I realized that it was probably going to take a while and I was not going to be able to come back on the show at all. … But yeah, I heard some sounds that weren’t comforting.

Green was helped off the floor into the locker room and heard “Dan-ny” chants from the local fans.

He then returned to the sidelines, which Matisse Thybulle appreciated. Green has given advice to Thybulle over the past two seasons on how to approach the role of late defensive substitute, adapt to playing with stars, take the right risks and find his places offensively. .

“I think I said it last time, when Danny hurt his finger or something, but he’s done it again… when most guys get hurt, they go home, go to the doctor, whatever,” Thybulle said on Friday. “Danny Green always comes back on the pitch to support the team, and I feel like that sums it all up. He’s really, really, really special in that sense.

Thybulle replaced Green as the Sixers’ starting small forward during that season, but relinquished that role at the end of the year. With Thybulle ineligible to play in Toronto because he is not fully vaccinated, the Sixers turned to Green, 34, and he started the team’s 12 playoff games.

After shooting 2 of 14 from three-pointers in Miami’s first two contests of the series, Green went 10 of 13 from long range in the Sixers’ wins in Games 3 and 4. He called it “mountains one-year-old Russians”. and the toughest of his NBA career.

“Of course,” Green said. “By far. I’ve probably had more injuries this year than my career total combined. Going from starting to not starting, playing fewer minutes. Injuries alone were more frustrating than anything.

Although Green signed a two-year, $20 million contract last offseason, the second year of that deal isn’t guaranteed.

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey wasn’t ready to discuss how Green’s injury might impact the Sixers’ roster build.

“We’re mostly focused on Danny right now,” Morey said. “He gave us so much. I was really hoping that the fourth ring of four different teams would be here this year. I didn’t think about it, I’m just being honest.

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