LAS VEGAS — Midway native Jordan McRae led Philadelphia with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting Tuesday, but suffered a sprained left ankle late in the fourth quarter of the Samsung NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas.
The Sixers entered the game with a chance to earn a Wednesday bye in the league tournament, but a 97-88 loss to the Suns locked them into No. 16 seed, according to the league’s news release.
“This the first time I have ever been hurt,” McRae recently told CSNPhilly.com reporter Dei Lynam. “I thought it was broke because I had never been hurt before, so I didn’t how it felt, but I’m OK.”
The injury came when the Suns were on a fast break.
McRae, trying to prevent a layup, went up to challenge Archie Goodwin’s shot but came down awkwardly and rolled his ankle. There was 2:27 left in the game.
“Playing hard is something that you have to do,” the small forward said. “If I have a chance to catch guys on the break, I will do it again.”
Through three games in the Las Vegas Summer League, McRae is the eighth-leading scorer, averaging 19.7 points per game.
“I am trying to improve every game, whether it’s on defense or offense,” McRae said. “Every game, I confer with the coaches about things I can do better.”
McRae did not play in the Sixers’ 85-63 win over the Lakers on Wednesday.
The win moved Philadelphia into the second round of the league tournament.
The Sixers were to face the top-seeded Chicago Bulls on Thursday.
As of press time, it was not known whether McRae would play against the Bulls.