Markelle Fultz decided to play through the pain of his shoulder injury initially, but the effects were obvious and the No. 1 pick is now out indefinitely.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced that Fultz didn’t have any structural damage to his shoulder, instead saying the rookie is dealing with soreness and muscle imbalance. Fultz, who hasn’t played since Monday, received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Oct. 5, according to his agent Raymond Brothers.
Fultz had been coming off the bench for the team’s first four games and averaged 6.0 points and is shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. He hasn’t attempted many jumpers, especially the pull-up variety. Fultz has been showing off the spin move and has been getting to the tin, but has been unable to finish. When I saw this free throw clank off the left side of the backboard, that’s when I knew there was something more going on.
Maybe Markelle Fultz should go underhanded, yikes! pic.twitter.com/uhCdT7dDRB
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) October 22, 2017
Defenders have been sagging off and essentially daring Fultz to shoot, but he hasn’t pulled the trigger. That wasn’t the case during his days at Washington or even the Summer League.
Left wing triple from Fultz with Exum's hand in his face. Exum has provided a nice test for Fultz in the first half. pic.twitter.com/gSOOpuKT5r
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) July 6, 2017
Something was clearly not right and now the Sixers are dealing with another injury regarding a top pick.
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