The NBA is wavering on the season’s second Covid related game delay, as the Philadelphia 76ers anticipate the league’s decision on the submission of a contact-tracing report of a few players who shared nearness to watch Seth Curry, sources told ESPN.
The Sixers’ list of seven players set in the health and security protocol dependent on close late contact to Curry – who tested positive for the Covid – could leave them short of the league ordered eight players needed to begin Saturday’s 3 p.m. ET game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia.
The Sixers additionally had one staff part test positive Friday, as indicated by a source.
For the present, the Sixers are down to six accessible players: All-Star forward Ben Simmons, centers Dwight Howard and Tony Bradley, rookie guards Tyrese Maxey and Isaiah Joe and guard Dakota Mathias.
The Sixers anticipate the association’s assessment of the conditions encompassing those seven players’ individual cases to find on the off chance that it is conceivable that at least two of them could be cleared on Saturday to save a delay. The NBA’s contact-tracing rules could decide various clearances for various players, including isolation periods somewhere in the range of zero to seven days.
After it was found out that Curry had returned a positive test for COVID-19 early in the Sixers’ misfortune to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night in New York, Curry was hustled off the floor and into isolation, sources said.
The 76ers were needed to anticipate the aftereffects of Friday testing at the team’s hotel in lower Manhattan before at long last boarding a series of isolated transports at around 11 p.m. ET on Friday for the drive back to Philadelphia, sources said.
The Nuggets flew into Philadelphia on Friday without gifted youthful forward Michael Porter Jr., who keeps on being sidelined under health and security protocols for an indefinite timeframe, sources said.
The Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder had a premiere night game delayed when the Rockets had just seven qualified players.