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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00 am

NBA notebook

76ers legend Hal Greer, Hall of Famer, dies at 81

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers’ career leading scorer, has died.

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.

Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and 76ers and finished his career with 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers’ career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

Greer was the first player to have his number retired (15) by the 76ers in 1976. Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

Greer made 10 straight All-Star games and earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1968. He was also the second-leading scorer on Philadelphia’s NBA championship team of 1966-67 and would earn a spot on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

He played at Marshall and was the 13th pick by the Nationals in the 1958 draft.

The Sixers honored Greer before Monday’s playoff game against the Miami Heat.

The Sixers said Greer was survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

Jazz might be without Mitchell

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mitchell left Oklahoma City’s 116-108 Game 1 win Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update today. When asked if he was concerned about missing Game 2 on Wednesday, Mitchell said, “Not at all.”