Markelle Fultz ruled out indefinitely with shoulder injury

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It later came out that he was shooting that way due to a shoulder injury. The 76ers weren't yet sure what it was, but they chose to announce that Fultz would be missing their next three games.

Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with shoulder soreness and "scapular muscle imbalance" in his right shoulder, the 76ers announced Sunday. The good news is that he doesn't have structural damage.

People close to Fultz, including his personal trainer, say Fultz changed his shot because of the discomfort in his shoulder.

The original hope was that he was going to be able to play through it, but it has been rumored that he was altering his shooting motion to deal with the pain.

Unfortunately, the Philadelphia 76ers will have to wait a bit longer for Markelle Fultz to prove he belongs among basketball's top first-year players.

Our models project Fultz to post averages of 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists over 27.1 minutes per game remaining once he's healthy. It doesn't appear that Fultz's injury is as grievous as the other's, but you just never know with the 76ers. That includes losing four of their first five games, but the 76ers did beat the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday (Oct. 28) to get another notch in the win column.

Last week, Fultz's agent said the young guard had fluid drained from his right shoulder during the preseason, but he later revised that statement and said his client was given a cortisone shot. Coming up on the 76ers' schedule, the team plays the Houston Rockets (Oct. 30), the Atlanta Hawks (Nov. 1), and the Indiana Pacers (Nov. 3).

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