Sixers will have nine players eligible for game against Nuggets after COVID-19 contact tracing, per report

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The Philadelphia 76ers will indeed be able to play against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, after it was determined that the team will have nine eligible players to suit up, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers have been going through contact tracing on the team after a positive COVID-19 test from Seth Curry was discovered during the first quarter of their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.

The players who will be out for the Nuggets game, and will subsequently be required to quarantine for a period of time, are Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier in addition to Curry. Philadelphia’s entire team immediately quarantined in New York after the game against the Nets, however, Curry was sitting on the bench with the team through the entirety of the first quarter before he was moved to an isolation room upon receiving his test results back. 

Joel Embiid, who is available to play Saturday, was sitting directly next to Curry on the bench and is said to be quarantining away from his family until he is certain that he hasn’t contracted the virus, due to the fact that he has a three-month-old son, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. While Embiid is cleared for Saturday, that doesn’t indicate that he will play, but it ensures that the game wouldn’t get postponed, per Wojnarowski.

The Sixers had three players who were cleared from health and safety protocols to play today, which were Embiid, Danny Green and Paul Reed. The other six players who will be available to suit up for Philadelphia are: Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, Dwight Howard, Dakota Mathias and Tony Bradley.


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