Usually a game preview is an opportunity to discuss particular matchups against the opponent, how the teams have been playing leading up to the game, etc. Today is a little different in that there’s a very real possibility of the game being postponed with literally half the Sixers’ roster questionable due to health and safety protocols.
76ers’ players currently listed questionable for Saturday vs. Denver due to health and safety protocols:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2021
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Vincent Poirier, Paul Reed
In addition to Seth Curry’s positive COVID-19 test Thursday night, Philadelphia also had a staff member test positive last night.
A member of the 76ers training staff has registered a positive coronavirus test, leading to additional contact tracing within team, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. NBA is continuing its review process.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2021
Setting aside any additional contact tracing that may result from proximity to that member of the training staff, the Sixers would already have been unable to field enough players to play a game if the above list of guys marked as questionable were all out. Seth Curry (COVID-19), Furkan Korkmaz (groin), Terrance Ferguson (personal), and Mike Scott (knee) are definitely out. With the additional seven names listed in the health and safety protocols, Philadelphia would be down to just six members of their 17-man roster. You need at least eight available players to start an NBA game. Not looking great!
Oh, and Denver played the Dallas Mavericks Thursday, and the Mavericks just had a player test positive with two additional players out for contact tracing. So there’s a substantial degree of exposure from the Nuggets having played that game just two days ago. All of which is to say that it’s crazy to me that the NBA hasn’t already postponed this game. We’ll find out more in the coming hours.
Game Details (on the off chance this isn’t postponed):
Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets
When: 3:00pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBA TV
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic