UH-OH! SIXER BIG SHOT ROB INJURES KNEE IN LAST EXHIBITION GAME

By Sarah Berkowitz

The Sixers lost their final exhibition game last night to the Boston Celtics, but they also might have lost their best outside shooter to a knee injury.

Big Shot Rob Covington was helped off the court with 7 minutes remaining. The Sixers said Covington sprained his right knee.

The 24-year old 6-9 forward was a pleasant surprise last season, averaging 12.5 points per game and shooting 37.5 from downtown, making him the most reliable 3-point shooter on a team that desperately needed a sharpshooter.

Marcus Smart scored 10 points and Jared Sullinger pulled down 14 rebounds for the Celtics.

Rookie center Jahlil Okafor led the Sixers with 12 points and had eight rebounds. Nerlens Noel finished with eight points, nine rebounds and blocked three shots for the Sixers, who lost their final four preseason games.

The Sixers pulled within 43-40 at halftime after trailing by 12 points, then stalled in the third quarter. The Sixers went without a field goal until Isaiah Canaan’s 3-pointer with 5:21 left in the period cut Boston’s lead to 55-46.

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