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Sixers lose game that should have been postponed despite career day for Tyrese Maxey

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll make this quick. For some reason (money), the NBA forced the Sixers to play its scheduled game versus the Denver Nuggets today despite shooting guard Seth Curry’s positive test from late Thursday night. The league apparently decided to pick and choose exactly who ought to be deemed a “close contact” with Curry, and as luck would have it, they cleared just enough players for the game to go on!

Then, of course, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons bowed out, and head coach Doc Rivers said he really did not think the game should be played. Rivers had to make Mike Scott a member of the team’s active roster, yet refused to play Scott, who’s not yet fully healed from a knee injury.

So the Sixers had seven players — Tyrese Maxey, Dakota Mathias, Danny Green, Isaiah Joe, Dwight Howard, Paul Reed, and Tony Bradley — available to play.

The Nuggets won, 115-103.

The game was fun and reminiscent of the Process glory days, if only you could forget the disgraceful nature of the game being played at all.

Tyrese Maxey had a career night, pouring in 39 points.

Danny Green had a tough go of it, going 4-of-17 from the field.

Isaiah Joe got hot in the first half, Dwight Howard hit a 3.

The best part of the game, in my opinion, was that despite playing four different players at least 36 minutes, the Sixers seem to have escaped without sustaining an injury.

Here’s hoping the team stays healthy, and that the full roster is reunited when Curry and the rest of the Sixers are confident in negative COVID-19 results — and not a moment sooner.