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Tobias Harris talks ankle issue, Nick Nurse’s assessment of Sixers’ effort

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers welcomed Tobias Harris back to the practice floor on Monday after he missed Saturday’s loss to the Utah Jazz due to a left ankle issue. He suffered the injury in Friday’s loss to the New York Knicks.

The Sixers missed Harris’s ability to put the ball in the basket and defend multiple positions in the loss to the Jazz and as Philadelphia prepares for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, it will be helpful to have him back on the floor.

“Better,” Harris said of how he’s feeling. “I got two days of practice. Ankle felt better so, yeah.”

Harris is one of the leaders on this Sixers team. He has always been the one to speak up when something goes awry and the team had their effort questioned and called out by coach Nick Nurse.

The veteran out of Tennessee discussed Nurse’s comments about the team’s effort.

“I think we all understood that that wasn’t our greatest performance in terms of standpoint of just outworking an opponent,” Harris stated. “You could use all the variables that were there. Back-to-back, guys being out, but at the same time, we understood that there were a lot of situations over the course of that game that we could have made the extra play.”

The Jazz scored 72 points in the paint in their win over the Sixers. While Philadelphia was missing Harris, Joel Embiid, De’Anthony Melton, and others, it cannot be used as an excuse at this point of the season.

“We could have really just played a lot harder than we did,” Harris added. “We were able to kind of realize that, but also understand that through the course of the year, we need those moments and we got to come back from those moments in a positive way. We want to be able to come out and handle our business so that’s what we’re looking to do tomorrow.”

The Sixers will take on the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire