Sixers’ Tyrese Maxey Clears NBA COVID-19 Protocol


Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Tyrese Maxey had every intention of playing in Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. A couple of hours before tip-off, the rookie guard was a part of the Sixers’ pregame shootaround.





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Jayson Tatum will not travel for Celtics vs. Sixers, TBD for Friday


The Boston Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, according to Brad Stevens.

Tatum reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, which sparked a slew of absences that forced three games to be postponed. Robert Williams also tested positive and rejoined the team this week. Carsen Edwards is out due to health and safety protocols.

The Celtics planned to travel to Philadelphia, even though the Sixers postponed their previous game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to player absences. Boston and Philadelphia are scheduled to face off twice at the Wells Fargo Center before the Celtics fly back to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston on Sunday. Per Stevens, Tatum’s status for Friday is still “to be determined.”

After a hot start, the Sixers are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 9-5 overall. They are tied with the Pacers for second in the East, just behind the Celtics.

Speaking to the media via Zoom, Stevens called Philadelphia a “really good team.”

“Obviously, [Joel] Embiid and [Ben] Simmons are special,” Stevens said. “They’ve surrounded those guys with really good players. The guards are playing great — [Tyrese] Maxey and [Shake] Milton are having a great year, Tobias Harris is a really good player, obviously, and on down the line. They’ve got a really nice team and not a surprise they’ve started the way they’ve started.”

The Celtics and Sixers tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Simmons-less Sixers Look to Conquer the Hawks


We all know what happened last weekend. The Sixers, despite a bit of a COVID-19 issue, were forced to play Saturday against the Nuggets. We watched there second and third stringers play over 20 minutes each. Some of the younger guys even eclipsed the 41 minute mark, pretty much playing the entire game. Rookie Tyrese Maxey made Sixers’ history as he took advantage of this opportunity. The 2020 21st overall pick shot a lights out 54% from the floor en route to his 39 points. Fellow rookie Isaiah Joe showed he wasn’t afraid of shooting from beyond the arc either, chucking up 11 three point attempts in his 44 minutes of play.

There’s been a ton of craziness, but there’s still a basketball game to be played. Monday night, the Sixers (7-3) will travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks (4-5). The Hawks are 6.5 point favorites, with the total set at 220.5.

You can catch the game on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 7:30, with pregame coverage starting at 7. If on the go, you can listen to the game on 97.5 the Fantatic.

Are there even any Sixers active?

There are two answers to this question. Literally- yes. The Sixers do have (barely) enough to field a team in this one. Figuratively, though, they won’t have most of their starters and rotation guys.

Joel Embiid (back tightness) was upgraded to probable in this one, along with Mike Scott (knee contusion).

Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier are out because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, as NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Ben Simmons is nursing a leg injury that he suffered against the Nets last Thursday night. Additionally, Furkan Korkmaz and Terrance Ferguson are still out because of a left adductor strain and personal reasons, respectively.

This leaves the Sixers with eight players total already ruled out. The Sixers will be rolling out a minimal active roster of:

  • Joel Embiid
  • Danny Green
  • Tyrese Maxey
  • Isaiah Joe
  • Paul Reed
  • Dakota Mathias
  • Dwight Howard
  • Mike Scott

The Hawks’ season thus far

The Atlanta Hawks have lost four straight games. Despite starting the season with some key wins, including a 114-96 win over Brooklyn, Atlanta has been slacking as of late. They’ve dropped games against the Cavs, Knicks, and back-to-back to the Hornets. They’ll look to break this streak against the Sixers’ practice squad tonight.

The Hawks are led by sharpshooter Trae Young, who’s averaging 24.7 points per game. De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and John Collins all compliment Young. New comer Bogdan Bogdanovic suffered a fractured right leg, so he’ll be out from this one.

Prediction:

For this one, I’ll go with exactly what I said in the pregame for the Nuggets game. The most accurate prediction for this game is that it shouldn’t played, but for the sake of optimism on the league’s part (I guess?), it’s still on. It’s just a bit peculiar that the Celtics-Heat game can be postponed, but none of these games.

The Hawkss at full strength will not be as scary as the Nuggets at full strength. The Sixers did hang with Denver for the majority of the game, but fatigue set in late. It’s genuinely not worth getting our hopes us for this game. The focus should be on the players being and staying healthy, not a random Monday night game against Atlanta.

The Hawks will win this one if it’s played, but it’s essentially meaningless. Even if the Sixers manage to pull this one off, which I think they do have a better chance than we think, it isn’t a true indication of what this team is. Let’s all just hope the rampant COVID cases around the NBA– and the world- can come to a halt sooner than later.

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Shorthanded Sixers Look to Squeeze Past the Nuggets


Despite the Sixers only having six players not listed as questionable or out, they will attempt to take on the Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon.

To begin, let’s just address the Sixers’ elephant in the room.

Thursday night, the Sixers’ put on a lackluster performance against the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets. Right before the game, new Sixer and sharpshooter Seth Curry was ruled out due to “left ankle soreness.” However, right after the game, Curry was said to had tested positive for COVID-19. Due to his positive test, Curry will likely miss at least 10 days worth of workouts and games.

Due to the NBA’s COVID-19 rules and regulations, the league has to go through the contact tracing steps. Sixers’ MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid, who was sitting next to Curry on the bench during the front quarter of the Nets’ game, stated that he will put himself into a self quarantine period away from his family as well. This is an obvious move on Embiid’s part, as he is fathering a three month old newborn at home.

Game Details

This being said, the Sixers have already named a total of seven players as questionable heading into this game. Obviously, if any of these guys has to miss time, this will be a huge blow to the Sixers’ success for the next week or so.

The status of Saturday night’s marquee matchup against the Nuggets is now in question as well. Back in December, a number of Rockets players were ruled out due to a positive test or contact tracing, resulting in the NBA scrapping their opener against the Thunder. As of now, that game was postponed. This will likely be the same route the league takes in the Sixers-Nuggets game, as the league is obviously more concerned about player safety than not.

However, most importantly, we hope that Curry and each player that may end up testing positive recovers to full health. The players and their family’s health is much more important than the Sixers next few games.

As of now, the Philadelphia 76ers (7-2) are expected to square off against the Denver Nuggets (3-5) at 3 PM. The team did quarantine overnight and travel back to Philly on Friday night with hopes they can still play and everyone tests negative.

So… Who’s Left for the Sixers?

Per the NBA rules, at least seven players need to be available in order for a team to play. There are only six Sixers that are not listed as questionable, putting this game in jeopardy.

The hope is that at least two of those players on the questionable list can suit up. Honestly though, it’s probably better off if this game gets postponed for the all of the players’ sakes on each team.

UPDATE: As of noon on Saturday, the Sixers have nine eligible players, per Woj. As he follows up, this does not mean these players will play today, rather they are eligible to so the game can carry on.

The Nuggets Season So Far

Denver has not had an optimal start to the season so far. Two of their three wins have come against a back-to-back against Minnesota (2-6), with the other coming against Houston (2-4).

The Nuggets are led by all-star center Nikola Jokic. Jokic, who is debated against Embiid for the title of best big man in the NBA, is averaging a triple double on the season. He’s paired with Jamal Murray, who’s averaging 22 points per game himself.

Most of Denvers’ problems are due to their lack of defense so far this season. Despite sitting top four in points for per game, they also sit in the bottom 10 for points allowed per game. If the Sixers were at full strength, they would probably feast on the Nuggets- no pun intended. The Sixers display both a top ten offense and defense, just like Doc Rivers wanted.

Betting Preview

There are no lines set for this game for plenty of good reason.

Simple answer here: don’t bet this game. Go use your money on the NFL Wildcard games. This game may not even be played.

Prediction: Avoid the Sixers

The most likely prediction for this game is that it isn’t played, but for the sake of optimism on the league’s part (I guess?), it’s still on as of now.

If this game is a go somehow, the Nuggets at full strength will likely decimate the Sixers’ second and third stringers. Ben Simmons is the only starter that is not listed on any type of report. It’s genuinely not worth getting our hopes us for this game. The focus should be on the players being and staying healthy, not a random Saturday afternoon regular season game.

Nuggets will win this one if it’s played, but it’s essentially meaningless. Even if the Sixers manage to pull this one off, it isn’t a true indication of what this team is. Let’s all just hope the rampant COVID cases around the NBA– and the world- can come to a halt sooner than later.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire





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