The Philadelphia 76ers are facing a must-win game against the Miami Heat on Thursday, and it did not get off to an ideal start.
Danny Green suffered a knee injury in the first quarter during a collision with Joel Embiid. Tim Bontemps of ESPN noted Embiid fell on Green's left leg, and the guard was helped to the locker room in the immediate aftermath.
Green scored 21 points in Game 3 and 11 points in Game 4 of this series, shooting a combined 10-for-13 from deep in Philadelphia's two wins.
His outside shooting is key because it spaces the floor when defenders focus on Joel Embiid and James Harden. Green is a 39.9 percent shooter from deep in his career and averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season.
The North Carolina product has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and 76ers throughout his career and has a resume that includes three championships.
Former teammate LeBron James reacted to the injury:
Philadelphia immediately turned to Matisse Thybulle off the bench after Green suffered the injury.
While Thybulle is nowhere near the shooter Green is, he is a formidable defender and should help contain Jimmy Butler and Co. if given more playing time. Still, the 76ers' depth on the wing takes a major hit without the veteran starter available.