The Philadelphia 76ers will host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday — a game that was in question because of COVID-19 protocols.
ESPN reported the 76ers got the go-ahead to play once they had nine eligible players. Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Paul Reed were cleared from the league’s health and safety protocol Saturday morning.
The league requires each team to have eight eligible players. As of Friday night, the Sixers were down to just six players with seven players either testing positive for the virus or identified as high-risk contacts, in addition to others out because of injury. The go-ahead doesn’t mean Embiid will play, just that he counts toward the eight eligible players the 76ers need to begin the game.
Philadelphia’s saga began Thursday when guard Seth Curry tested positive for the virus. He didn’t play in the 122-109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets due to an ankle injury, and he was removed from the bench area in the first half after the team learned his test results.
76ers players Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Vincent Poirier all remain in health and safety protocols, according to ESPN’s report.
For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. is in the health and safety protocol and not with the team.