By Mark Gallagher

Sixers sixth man Mike Scott practiced yesterday and, though he is listed as questionable for tonight’s game 3 against the Toronto Raptors because of a heel injury, that means he’ll probably play.

And backup center Greg Monroe is probable after injuring his ankle last Monday.

Scott left Game 5 against the Nets on April 30 and did not return. He was listed as day-to-day with a heel contusion and plantar fasciitis but the injury ended up being more serious.

Scott returning for Game 3 would be huge for the Sixers because he provides energy, toughness, 3-point shooting and ability to play the 5. He would round out the roster and play valuable minutes.

With Scott sidelined indefinitely, the Sixers entered this series knowing they would need other bench players to step up in his absence and Greg Monroe answered the call, scoring 10 points in just 12 minutes last Monday before leaving with an ankle injury. Following the game, head coach Brett Brown praised Monroe’s contribution:

“Greg coming in… was a gut feel that I had, and I thought he was great. I thought our bench with Greg, and James Ennis… it really was a contribution from a bunch of different people, and I thought Greg was outstanding.”

When asked about his injury Monroe said it was “getting better.”

“I’ve just been doing treatment around the clock,” Monroe told reporters yesterday via KYW Newsradio. “It feels fine right now. I’m expecting to (play in Game 3). Like I said, we just take it day by day. It feels better than yesterday.”

James Ennis III has provided an enormous lift off the bench too. After finishing with 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting in Game 1, he played 24 minutes in Game 2, scoring 12 of his 13 points in the first half. He also added six rebounds, two assists and a block and posted a +7 plus-minus to help the Sixers beat the Raptors 94-89.

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