Multiple Sixers Players Could Miss Time Due To Contact Tracing

7:34pm: Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Vincent Poirier and Paul Reed are the players listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Denver due to health and safety protocols, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.


1:46pm: The Sixers are expected to have multiple players miss time in the coming days due to the NBA’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that the club is still waiting on the results of today’s coronavirus tests.

The players affected by contact tracing are expected to be ones who were in close contact with Seth Curry, says Wojnarowski. The veteran guard, who didn’t play in Thursday’s game due to an ankle injury, was told while he was sitting on the bench that he had returned a positive COVID-19 test.

As Shams Charania of The Athletic explains (via Twitter), players are tested for the coronavirus twice on game days. Curry’s rapid test earlier in the day was negative, but the 76ers learned of his positive PCR test after their game was already underway.

It’s not yet clear which Sixers players will be forced to miss time due to contact tracing. However, we can look to the Celtics as a reference — Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson are required to quarantine for at least seven days because they were sitting beside Robert Williams – who tested positive for COVID-19 – on the bench for at least 15 minutes, per Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald (Twitter link).

At the start of Thursday’s game, Curry was sitting on the Sixers’ bench next to assistant coach Sam Cassell and All-Star center Joel Embiid, according to The New York Daily News. Embiid, who has a three-month-old son, already told ESPN that he plans to self-quarantine from his family until he has confirmed he didn’t contract the virus.

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7 thoughts on “Multiple Sixers Players Could Miss Time Due To Contact Tracing

  1. The Howler

    Oompa loompa dupedy do
    I;ve got another riddle for you
    What do you got when you’re not in a bubble?
    Players missing games with viral trouble
    Oompa loompa loo

  2. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    If they’re forced to play short-handed their 7-2 record is going to take a beating.

  3. El Don

    They must stop with the useless contact tracings, otherwise they are gonna have to stop the season, if players are healthy let’em play, as simple as!
    But if they carry on with all of this, just better cancel the season as things are only gonna get worse not better!
    Quarantining healthy people has never been done in history for a reason, the point of quarantining someone is ’cause they are ill!
    This virus is here to stay & no the vaccines ain’t gonna work, so just toughen up & deal with it!

    • Simmons>Russ

      Marginal, this has to be on silivan level chat. Quarantining history…. vaccines aren’t going to work… it is what it is and if quarantine is necessary then it is what it is. Never been done in history how long has covid been around? When has an epidemic effected the league? Virus is here to stay …. just stop. Covid isn’t going to kill lives like it does forever and eventually everything will settle maybe the vaccine isn’t the answer but it’s not going to be the next cancer

    • The Howler

      1. There is an asymptomatic period when a person is not sick but could pass on the virus.
      2. Exposure to a person with SARS-COV-2 does not mean that person will be infected but they could be.
      3. There are people who account for a greater percentage of infections than others. They are called superspreaders.

      1+2+3=Quarantine

      • The Howler

        The reason why Australia and New Zealand have no cases is because they have quarantined healthy people along with other successful policies including contact tracing. If you want go to Australia now you would be quarantined for 2 weeks at your expense. If you started spouting the Covid BS we read on this site on a weekly basis they would probably chuck you in the ocean and say “Good luck, mate.”

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