76ers Issue Concerning Injury Update on De'Anthony Melton

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Following a period of several weeks during which they were without their experienced guard, the Philadelphia 76ers were relieved to see De'Anthony Melton return to the lineup towards the end of the previous month.  

Melton became eligible against the Cavaliers on February 23. He's a full-time starter when healthy, but the Sixers worked him back into the game by limiting his minutes off the bench.  

In his second game back, Melton played more but still came off the bench. In the loss to the Bucks, Melton made five of 12 shots from the field for 16 points in 19 minutes.  

For the third game in a row, Melton's night finished early against the Boston Celtics. Melton's night was over after only eight minutes because he was having back cramps.   

After a few days, 76ers head coach Nick Nurse said that Melton would be out for an unknown amount of time because the back issue he's been dealing with for months brought on another problem.   

At first, it looked like Melton might only be absent for a few games. At this point, the Sixers sent out a bad news message that made it clear that the experienced guard would be out for a while again.  

An representative from the squad stated that Melton took the initiative to initiate a "offloading period." In around two weeks, the guard will be evaluated for their performance.  

Melton missed the Sixers' last four games, including Wednesday's game against Memphis. The two-week re-evaluation timeframe suggests Melton might return on March 22 against the Los Angeles Lakers.   

Taking into account the possibility that Melton will require a period of gradually increasing his workload after the two-week period, there is a good risk that his absence will stretch beyond the next eight games.   

Melton has missed 26 games so far this season. He averages 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game when he's fit, and he shoots 36% from three-point range.   

Melton is a significant contributor on both ends of the court and should have a job ready for him when he returns to action because he is a standout two-way player so he can contribute in both directions.   

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