Sixers, Nuggets Will Play Saturday Amid Contact Tracing

12:32pm: Embiid and fellow All-Star Ben Simmons will miss tonight’s game because of injuries, per Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The Sixers will now only have eight eligible players, which is the technical threshold for fielding a team.

When asked whether or not he believed Philadelphia should take the floor, coach Doc Rivers said, “I don’t think we should,” according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

“An hour ago we were told we were playing,” Rivers said to reporters, per Mike Singer of the Denver Post (Twitter link). “We have eight active players. One is Mike Scott, and I can tell you right now there’s no way I’m going to play him.”

Scott is currently listed as day-to-day with a knee injury. The power forward has appeared in five games this season for the Sixers, averaging 16.0 MPG.

11:25am: Amid the Sixers‘ rash of contract tracing due to a positive COVID-19 test, the team will play its Saturday afternoon game against the Nuggets, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Philadelphia had expected to be without several players, as Joel EmbiidTobias HarrisDanny GreenShake MiltonMatisse ThybulleVincent Poirier and Paul Reed were listed as questionable for today’s game. Embiid, Green and Reed were cleared from the protocol, Wojnarowski tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Harris, Milton, Thybulle and Poirier are all out and still in the protocol, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Wojnarowski adds that the Sixers have nine eligible players for today’s game, one more than the required total of eight. However, that does not guarantee that Embiid will play — clearance from the protocol simply allows him to be counted as an eligible player toward the requirement of eight players to avoid a postponement, Wojnarowski noted.

Sixers point guard Seth Curry returned a positive COVID-19 test during Thursday’s game against the Nets. He was on the bench during the first quarter, but was not playing due to an ankle injury.
COVID-19 has caused some issues for multiple teams this week as the Celtics’ Robert Williams tested positive, which led to several players entering health and safety protocol. On Friday, Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas had to leave the bench before halftime due to contact tracing. Also, a positive COVID-19 test led to three Mavericks players being placed in quarantine.
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15 thoughts on “Sixers, Nuggets Will Play Saturday Amid Contact Tracing

  1. Sillivan

    As of January 8

    3 worst defensive efficiency
    28 Nuggets
    29 Kings
    30 Wolves

    I talked about those 3 teams defense before the season starts

  2. Luckylefty2

    How is embiid cleared, but he was the one that was sitting next to curry on the bench lol

      • Luckylefty2

        You ever heard of a thing called “contact tracing” ? You must sit out 7 days even if you test negative….

          • hoopsaremylife

            yea they do except they’re even worse at containing covid especially nfl dont know bout mlb or any other sports leagues

  3. Sillivan

    Embiid and Simmons were not reported injury after the Nets game
    Scott is day to day

    Nuggets fans don’t believe they are injured
    I’d guess 76ers want the nba to postpone the game

  4. hoopsaremylife

    dang. 2021 is gunna be harsh year…….. it’d be worse of an outbreak like these occured in the western conference.

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