Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith missed Saturday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets after suffering a sprained ankle. However, he is ready to return.
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Smith Active vs. Clippers
Monday, Feb. 8
Smith was in Monday's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, who added Smith was on a 25-minute restriction.
Smith Enjoying Career Year in Philadelphia
Smith, who has played for nine different teams since breaking into the league in 2010, enjoyed a strong start to the campaign for the New Orleans Pelicans. Then New Orleans traded him to the 76ers, where he spent part of the 2014-15 season, and he has provided a spark for the struggling squad.
He dealt with an ankle problem during the preseason while playing for the Washington Wizards. Though that limited his opportunity to prove himself, he still caught on with New Orleans and quickly rebuilt his value to attract interest from Philly. Now he's playing the biggest role of his career, so it has all worked out.
While Smith was out, T.J. McConnell stepped back into the starting lineup for Saturday's game. Smith's absence also created an opportunity for Kendall Marshall, who has played a limited role this season.
Smith is surely glad to be back in action so quickly. Having bounced around the league as much as he has, he understands the importance of taking advantage when a chance to see the floor on a regular basis arises.