Greg Monroe out tonight vs. 76ers

After missing his first game due to injury in over two years, Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe will miss his second consecutive game tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers (7:00, FSD).

Monroe suffered a sprained knee on the last play of Monday’s practice, forcing him to sit during Detroit’s 105-95 win over the Grizzlies Tuesday night.

“We haven’t had practice injuries all year, that’s been a good thing, but we got one (Monday),” head coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Not accounting for a two-game suspension at the beginning of the season, Monroe had not missed a game since an injury forced him to miss a March 6, 2013 matchup against the New York Knicks.

Anthony Tolliver made an emergency start in Monroe’s place Tuesday night and responded with 15 points, including connecting on three of four shots from deep. He will likely start again against the Sixers.

While Monroe’s injury provided an initial scare, MRI results confirmed a sprain but did not reveal extensive damage.

Tonight’s game will be Detroit’s fourth and final matchup against the 76ers this season. The Sixers, who have suited up a mind-numbing 25 different players this season, have just 15 wins, but two have come against the Pistons. Former Michigan Wolverine Glenn Robinson III is their newest addition, having appeared in one game since being waived by the Timberwolves two weeks ago.

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