Philadelphia’s game Saturday is in jeopardy of being postponed, pending a ruling from the NBA about whether the 76ers can get at least two of seven players in protocol cleared to play against Denver, ESPN reported Friday night.
With the players in the health and safety protocol in the aftermath of Seth Curry testing positive for COVID-19 and other players injured, the team is down to six available players – two short of the required eight needed to play.
As of now, the Sixers available for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Nuggets are Ben Simmons, Dwight Howard, Tony Bradley, Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe and Dakota Mathias.
Further, The Athletic reported early Saturday morning that a member of the Sixers’ training staff has also tested positive.
The team sent the contact tracing report to the league, which could rule different clearances for different players, depending on their proximity to Curry, per the report.
Curry tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, prompting the team to spend the night in New York after losing to the Brooklyn Nets.
Curry didn’t play in the 122-109 loss due to an ankle injury. The 76ers were informed of the positive result shortly before tip-off.
Curry spent the first quarter on the bench in street clothes and was seen talking to center Joel Embiid late in the period after the latter came out for a rest with 3:05 left in the stanza. Embiid is among those in the protocol.
The 30-year-old Curry left the bench area at the end of the quarter after being told of the result and was isolated from his teammates.
It would be the second NBA game to be postponed this season.