Following the 76ers’ recent COVID-19 contact tracing, the team will play the Nuggets as scheduled on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia is expected to have nine eligible players, including Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Paul Reed, who were cleared from protocol. However, some players are “unsure” about participating in the game and could choose not to play Denver despite being cleared, reports Wojnarowski.
The NBA requires teams to have eight eligible players in order to play.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, several 76ers players, including Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Vincent Poirier, reportedly remain in health and safety protocols and will continue quarantining indefinitely.
The Sixers underwent contact tracing after guard Seth Curry reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The team learned of his positive result during Thursday’s game against the Nets. He then went to an isolation room and left the arena separate from the team. Curry was not playing that night due to ankle soreness but spent the first quarter sitting on the team bench next to assistant coach Sam Cassell and Embiid.
Embiid, who has a three-month-old son, told ESPN after the game that he planned to self-quarantine from his family until he was certain he didn’t contract the virus.
There was a chance Saturday’s contest would be postponed due to the Sixers’ close proximity to Curry.
Tipoff for Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. ET.
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