The Philadelphia 76ers will open the second half of their season with a street back-to-back, going through the Bulls in Chicago on Thursday and the Wizards in Washington on Friday. For the Bulls recreation, they are going to be with out the providers of their two All-Stars, as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stay quarantined after they have been forced out of the All-Star Game after it was learned that their barber back in Philly had tested positive for COVID-19.
Per the league’s contact tracing protocols, the 2 should produce seven straight days of unfavourable exams earlier than they will return. In line with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Embiid could be eligible to return on Friday whereas Simmons wouldn’t be capable to return till Saturday, which means on the very least, they’ll be with out their star level guard for 2 video games.
Whether or not the Sixers would have Embiid come again after every week off the courtroom and play in Washington stays to be seen, but when he stays unfavourable he would no less than be eligible to rejoin the staff for that contest in opposition to the Wizards. For a Sixers staff that’s narrowly holding onto the highest seed within the East (a half recreation up on Brooklyn) coming into the second half of the season, each win counts and turning two ought to wins into toss-ups with out their stars could be an unlucky begin for a staff that has been sensational at dwelling and might be trying to get as excessive a seed as doable to get homecourt within the playoffs.