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Dario Saric Out for 76ers vs. Nets with Elbow Injury; To Be Re-evaluated Tuesday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30:  Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers attacks the basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric will miss another game due to cellulitis in his right elbow, sitting out Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Monday. 

He is receiving intravenous treatment and is set to be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Saric also sat out Sunday's game against the Charlotte Hornets with the same issue.

Saric has been a key part of the 76ers' success in his second season in the NBA, averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He has played in 74 of the team's 76 games this year, trailing only Ben Simmons for the most appearances on the team.

As a 6'10" big man who has made 39.9 percent of his three-point shots this season, the Croatian has been a valuable contributor on both ends of the court.

Considering Philadelphia has already clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2012, it's possible the organization would prefer to be careful with its key players with six games remaining in the regular season. However, there is cause for legitimate concern with Joel Embiid already out with an orbital fracture.

Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and Ersan Ilyasova could fill in with the rotation, but there is a steep drop-off behind the starters.

While the squad is just one-half game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 3 seed after a 10-game winning streak, it could also slip down the standings over the final couple of weeks without some key players. Still, getting the team healthy for the playoffs could be more important than seeding.

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