The Six Sixers were listed as a possible initial injury report for Thursday night’s match against the Heat, a significant upgrade from the latest game.
Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton, Tobias Harris and Terrance Ferguson were all set to make it possible after missing Tuesday’s game as NBA Joel Embiid’s COVID-19 protocol (back stiffness) and Ben Simmons (left knee swelling) were also identified. That is also a possibility, as was the case leading to the opening of the Sixers mini-series with Miami.Embiid played 39 minutes and lifted the Sixers to an overtime win in Tuesday’s Heat with 45 points. And 16 rebounds Simmons scored in the fourth and had a lower night with five points, 12 assists and six turnovers.
The NBA announced Wednesday that the game Wizards-Pistons and Suns-Warriors Scheduled for Friday was postponed as continued follow-up with Washington and Phoenix would prevent the team from having at least eight players. As of January 6, 16 new players have been tested positive for COVID-19, according to the league data.
Nets’ trade for James Harden caught the attention of many fans on Wednesday, but the NBA remains in a difficult situation with COVID-19, with many teams missing their key players or unable to play at all. The league announced additional health and safety protocols on Tuesday.
Eight heat players were still identified as inappropriate for health and safety reasons in Wednesday night’s report, including Jimmy Butler, Bamode Bayo and Gorand Ragik. Meyers Leonard is listed as doubtful on the left shoulder and Gabe Vincent is prone to right knee pain. If Leonard is seated and Vincent is available, the heat will again be at the minimum of eight players.
Miami also nearly beat the Sixers on Tuesday, while Vincent, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson combined for 84 points rookie big man Precious Achiuwa had 17 points and 13 rebounds in their first start as an assignment. Horrible work for Embiid.