A missed coronavirus test cost Sixers big man Kyle O’Quinn any chance to play on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. O’Quinn, who tweeted that it “slipped my mind,” became ineligible for the game because of his no-show but can rejoin the team upon a negative test.
We have more from the Eastern Conference:
- Tom Thibodeau has allies in the Knicks front office and that could lead to a better outcome than he had with the Bulls and Timberwolves, Steve Popper of Newsday contends. Leon Rose, the team’s president, is his former agent and new executive VP William Wesley also has a long-time business relationship with him. “I think that’s part of the equation obviously, my relationship with them,” Thibodeau said. “I’ve known them for over two decades.”
- Numerous full-time Pacers Sports and Entertainment employees have been laid off due to a decline in revenue resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew Smith of TheIndyChannel.com relays. The franchise did not specify how many employees were let go. “While we have been able to avoid impacts to our full-time staff during the last four months, the continued uncertainty of a return to fully-attended events have regrettably made further steps unavoidable,” Rick Fuson, president and COO of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement.
- With Ben Simmons shifting to power forward, the Sixers have a glaring point guard issue, David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes. Shake Milton, who moved into the starting lineup in their seeding opener against Indiana, posted no points, three assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes, though he bounced back with a strong showing – and a game-winning shot – on Monday.
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Knicks have new triangle
Equation = Rose € www & T hi b
How in the hell can a COVID test “slip your mind?” Our lives have been completely changed by this disease for almost 5 months now. There is not one day you can go by without hearing multiple stories about it. Your entire profession stopped for 4 months because of it. You are currently living in a “bubble” away from family and friends because of it. Just inexcusable.
How do you forget?
You forget what time you’re suppose to get tested or miss your testing window. Idk how long the window to get tested for each player is but I’d guess 5 mins or less then next player up and they try to get through the team in less than an hour.
why would you forget? cause you forgot about it while doing something else like…..
talking to your family and kids
seeing a trainer and getting treatment
“talking to your family and kids”
“seeing a trainer and getting treatment”
Well, no one ever wants to say it, but your job is more important than talking with your kids. At least at certain times. There is time to spend with your family and there is time to work. In just about every job, you can stop working to talk with family occasionally, but if talking with your family causes your work to suffer, you will get reprimanded or even fired.
As far as the second one goes, that is just silly. A trainer is going to know you have to take a test.
Dude plays for the “Dormant since 1983 86ers”. Enough said.
Mad because the Celtics have no shot?
Celts are deepest team in NBA friendo. 17 banners and counting. You have what, 3? Your last one in 1983. Your 86ers belong in the G league. Maybe not even worthy of that.
Deep teams are for RS, when it comes playoffs, don’t matter at all, is all about star quality which BOS is light years behind your beloved Sixers my friend!
That comment was void of logic. As empty as the rafters of whatever dirtpile the 86ers play on Philly.
He probably forgot because he knew he wasn’t going to play anyway, he’s like the #14 guy on their roster who will likely be out of a job next season because backup centers are a dime a dozen right now.
The Sixers already had a “glaring point guard issue” before they wised up and moved Ben Simmons to his natural position at PF, so how are they different now?
Hate to say but ex-Sixer backup PG TJ OConnell in his 17 minutes, had a higher Box Plus Minus then any other Pacer besides 53-point TJ Warren. Should have been kept, etc, etc.
Neto and Burks were okay.
Sixers are a better team with Simmons at PG. Milton is better off the bench.
Yes. Just bring Al back in the lineup and put Shake as the sixth man. Big lineup and grind the other team. Make them bang and force teams to shoot outside. Better than or equal to leaving shake start and go for zero or game winner next game. This team is a crap shoot. Just ride the hot hand.
Sixers are better off with a scoring PG. No one can guard Simmons on the wing. His shot is not as exposed. Plus he will get better looks. He can still run team there. You can’t expect results overnight. Sixers should just stay the course.