Sixers down Batum for ‘great challenge' vs. West-leading T-Wolve

Sixers starting forward Nicolas Batum will miss Wednesday's game against the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves.

Batum left the Sixers' loss to the Bulls on Monday with a right hamstring injury. Injury didn't heal overnight.

Medical staff say he'll be out for a few days. Again, nothing major. The Sixers' head coach Nick Nurse said Tuesday that it hurts.

They may be looking at imaging and other things, but nothing major. However, it is tight and sore.”

Batum's replacement could be Kelly Oubre Jr., who's started seven straight since returning from a broken rib.

Batum had started the Sixers' past 13 games after a three-game absence in mid-November for personal reasons. When he plays, the Sixers are 13-4.

Recent blowout wins over low-level opponents and the Sixers' Tyrese Maxey and De'Anthony Melton lineup boost the numbers.

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