As the Washington Wizards prepare for a tough challenge in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, they may have to dig deep into their bench. According to Chase Hughes of Monumental Sports Network, the Wizards may have some key players missing in tonight's matchup.
Delon Wright and Ryan Rollins are already ruled out for the Washington Wizards, and the team may be even more short-handed in the backcourt as Jordan Poole, Landry Shamet, and Johnny Davis are all listed as questionable to play tonight.
According to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Jordan Poole was a partial participant in Tuesday's practice, while Shamet and Davis didn't participate. This could suggest that Poole may be closer to playing than the other two. We will likely hear more about their situation closer to game time.
This could provide an opportunity for the likes of Corey Kispert and Bilal Coulibaly to play extended minutes at the shooting guard position. The Wizards' two-way player Jared Butler could also find himself in the rotation.
The Sixers, on the other hand, almost have their entire roster fully healthy. Joel Embiid, who missed his team's last two games, is expected to play, while Kelly Oubre Jr. is making his return from an 11-game absence. De'Anthony Melton (non-COVID illness) is the only Sixer who is a game-time decision.
This will pose a challenge to the 3-16 Washington Wizards. These two teams previously played on November 6 when Philadelphia defeated Washington 146-128. Especially with how well Tyrese Maxey has been playing all season, the Wizards and their short-handed guard rotation will have their hands full. Let's see if any of the young Wizards can seize this opportunity and step up to the challenge.