Ankle injury sidetracks K.J. McDaniel's steller run in Orlando Summer League

Former Clemson star's status uncertain for Sixers' championship game today against Grizzlies

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels drives past Georgia States' Ryan Harrow in the first half of their NIT game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson on Tuesday night.

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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels drives past Georgia States' Ryan Harrow in the first half of their NIT game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson on Tuesday night.

The performance of rookie wing forward K.J. McDaniels has been one of the brightest spots for the Philadelphia 76ers in their 3-1 run to the finals of the Orlando Summer League.

But whether McDaniels will figure in the team's championship game today against the Memphis Grizzlies remains to be seen, after he left Wednesday's 92-86 victory over Brooklyn with an ankle injury.

The former Clemson star emerged as one of the team's top performers during their first three games in Orlando, as he averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. He scored just one basket before leaving the game on Wednesday.

The Sixers had Thursday off, and will head to Las Vegas for the next segment of the NBA Summer League following the game against Memphis on Friday.

“I’m just getting a better feel of the game,” McDaniels told NBA.com after the Sixers routed Houston 92-71 on Tuesday. “Just being in the right place at the right time, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable. Shooting the ball, I’m a little more confident, and just knowing when to attack.”

McDaniels had 15 points and five rebounds against the Rockets.

NBA.com described the performance as perhaps his best of the tournament:

"The Clemson alum followed up two strong performances earlier in the week with perhaps his best outing yet. McDaniels finished with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, knocking down two threes on as many attempts and locking down his man on the perimeter. Through three games, the 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year leads Philadelphia in +/- (overall game impact) with +34 in 61 total minutes."

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