The Philadelphia 76ers suffered just their second loss of the 2020-21 season yesterday, dropping a 122-109 loss to the rival Brooklyn Nets. But they may have bigger problems to worry about right now.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 76ers guard Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19, a fact the team only learned about during the Brooklyn game. The team is now staying in New York City until further notice as the team conducts contact tracing. Philadelphia must also undergo a new round of testing today.
Curry was inactive for the Brooklyn game with ankle soreness. But he spent the first quarter of the game on the bench alongside his teammates – including Joel Embiid, who has a three-month-old child.
Upon being informed of the positive, Curry was pulled from courtside and taken to an isolation room. But that wasn’t quickly enough for some members of the 76ers to feel comfortable.
Joel Embiid has pledged to self-quarantine from his family until he’s satisfied that he didn’t contract the dangerous virus. We’ll see if that also keeps him away from the team ahead of their Saturday tilt with the Denver Nuggets.
Curry spent the first quarter on bench before Sixers were made aware of a positive test, sources said. Curry then left the court-area and headed into isolation.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 8, 2021
Woj noted that Joel Embiid briefly sat directly next to Curry in the final minutes of the first quarter. Curry also sat next to assistant coach Sam Cassell, and was two seats away from Dwight Howard before finally being pulled.
The NBA is walking a tightrope by playing games as COVID-19 cases continue to spike throughout the country.
We can only hope that nobody suffers any of the nastier side effects of this terrible virus.