LAS VEGAS — Jordan McRae is 23 years old. He played four years at the University of Tennessee after a successful career at Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga.
Basketball has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, and yet something happened in Tuesday's summer league game that McRae had never before experienced.
"This the first time I have ever been hurt," McRae said about his sprained left ankle. "I thought it was broke because I had never been hurt before, so I didn't how it felt, but I'm OK."
The Suns were on a fast break, and McRae was trying to prevent them from scoring a layup. He went up to challenge Archie Goodwin's shot but came down awkwardly and rolled his ankle. There was just 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 of his summer league experience. "Every game I confer with the coaches about things I can do better."
The Sixers will play the Lakers tonight at 10:30, but McRae will not suit up.
"This is the first time I have ever sat out the game," McRae said.
K.J McDaniels has a left ankle sprain and is out as well. Nerlens Noel had ice on his left foot after shootaround. He is a game time decision.