Cov­ing­ton has fin­ger ten­don re­paired

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » Robert Cov­ing­ton’s di­min­ished late-sea­son pro­duc­tion of­fi­cially can been traced to at least one root.

Ac­cord­ing to the Six­ers, the for­ward un­der­went suc­cess­ful surgery to re­pair the ex­ten­sor ten­don on his left mid­dle fin­ger Thurs­day.

Cov­ing­ton was in­jured in a 114-110 loss Dec. 28 in Port­land. To that point, he was shoot­ing 41.8 per­cent from the field and 39.6 per­cent from three-point range.

In the re­main­ing reg­u­lar-sea­son games, he shot 40.8 per­cent over­all and 34.8 per­cent from dis­tance.

In the play­offs, Cov­ing­ton’s over­all shoot­ing slipped to 32.5 per­cent, and he was a 31.3-per­cent three-point shooter. He did not start in the Six­ers’ fi­nal two play­off games.

The Six­ers say Cov­ing­ton, 27, will wear a splint dur­ing his re­cov­ery.

He will not be cleared to play basketball un­til a re-eval­u­a­tion in two to three weeks, the Six­ers said.

Asif M. Ilyas, a hand sur­geon from the Roth­man In­sti­tute, per­formed the oper­a­tion at Thomas Jefferson Univer­sity.

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