76ers making right call by resting Markelle Fultz for next three games

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With Markelle Fultz continuing to have shoulder issues, the Philadelphia 76ers will rest their rookie for the next three games.

After three tough losses to kickoff the 2017-18 season, the Philadelphia 76ers had every reason in the world to be excited on Monday following their first win of the season against the Detroit Pistons. Even if it was only one game, this win was necessary for a team like the Sixers when looking at all of the frustration surrounding the fan base, mainly because their 0-3 start indicated the team was heading towards yet another disappointing season.

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Between Ben Simmons recording his first career triple double to Joel Embiid dropping 30 points, there were plenty of positive takeaways from Philadelphia’s first win. But when it came to all of the frustration surrounding Markelle Fultz and his mysterious shoulder injury, it was clear the Sixers needed to focus on the rookie getting healthy instead of continuing to allow him to play.

Luckily, the team announced on Wednesday that Fultz will miss the upcoming game against the Houston Rockets along with the next two on the road before deciding whether the rookie will be healthy enough to return. Reports indicated that Fulz received a cortisone shot at the beginning of October, and when seeing how much his shot has changed over the last few weeks to avoid pain, this was a necessary move by Philadelphia since the last thing they want to do is make the situation worse.

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While the medical staff of the Sixers has received heavy criticism for the handling of this whole situation with Fultz, at least the team was willing to make the right move by resting the rookie for the next three games, and go from there. Otherwise, Philadelphia fans would only continue to become more frustrated over Fulz’s horrendous shooting form that has become the laughing stock of the NBA over the last few weeks, because it looks that bad.