SAN FRANCISCO -- Sixers rookie Hollis Thompson played 22 minutes Sunday, but he left the game with 3:13 to play after rolling his right ankle. He scored two points and grabbed four rebounds.
The Sixers did not hold shootaround Monday, but Thompson was limping after last night's 45-point loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. An update on his status will be learned prior to the Sixers' 10:30 p.m. opening tip against the Warriors.
Michael Carter-Williams is the Sixers' rookie everyone talks about because he leads all rookies in five categories -- scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played.
But Thompson, an undrafted rookie out of Georgetown, has been a pleasant surprise.
Thompson has appeared in 50 games, averaging 21 minutes. And while he averages only 5.8 points, his 47 percent field-goal percentage ranks second among all rookies, and his 36 percent from behind the arc ranks fourth among his first year peers.
Prior to Sunday's game in Los Angeles, Thompson talked about his development this season and specifically working with assistant coach Billy Lange.
“He has been very influential for me,” Thompson said. “On the court we have been working on a lot of things. Off the court we watch a lot of video and we talk a lot.
“It is a big adjustment in the NBA; it is a very difficult lifestyle with all the traveling. You have to be ready every single day. He has been wonderful for me, a blessing.”
Thompson has scored in double figures 11 times this season. He spent 18 games in the starting lineup, but appears to have found a comfortable fit as a reserve.
As for his consistent shooting, Thompson has learned repetition is the mother of all learning.
“A big part of shooting is just shooting the same shot every time,” Thompson said. “That comes from the team doing the same thing over and over with your everyday regimen.”