NBA: Philadelphia 76ers in quarantine after Seth Curry tests positive for COVID-19, says report
Philadelphia 76ers' Seth Curry spent the first quarter of the game against Brooklyn Nets on the bench before the team was informed that the player has tested positive for COVID-19, reports said.
Los Angeles: Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry returned a positive test for COVID-19 on Thursday as his team's NBA clash with the Brooklyn Nets got underway, US media reported.
ESPN, citing unnamed league sources, said the 76ers would remain overnight in New York and begin contact tracing on Friday morning, along with a new round of testing.
The team did not immediately confirm a positive test.
Curry, brother of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, sat out the 76ers' loss to the Nets with a sore left ankle.
Sixers All Star center Joel Embiid, who has a three-month-old-son, told ESPN he plans to self quarantine from his family until he is certain he didn’t contract the virus. Embiid sat next to Curry during the game. https://t.co/UXpdKZxp7g
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But he spent the first quarter of the game on the 76ers bench before departing the Barclays Center arena separately from the rest of the team.
However, Curry played Wednesday for the 76ers, scoring 28 points in a 141-136 victory over the Washington Wizards in Philadelphia.
The 76ers are next scheduled to play on Saturday, when they are slated to host the Denver Nuggets.
Earlier Thursday, the NBA and the players' union announced that of 498 players tested for COVID-19 since December 30, four had returned confirmed positive tests.
Since opening the 2020-21 campaign on 22 December, the league has enforced strict protocols which require not only those who test positive but also those who return inconclusive tests to quarantine, along with any players who are deemed through contact tracing to have been exposed to the virus.
A 23 December game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after three Houston players returned coronavirus tests that were either positive or inconclusive.
With other players quarantined due to possible exposure or violation of league injunctions against attending indoor gatherings, the Rockets didn't have the minimum eight players available for the contest.
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NBA also said it would meet with the National Basketball Players Association about possible modifications in the joint safety protocols.
Under new protocols, when a basketball club is on the road, players and team staff are banned from leaving the hotel, except for team activities or emergencies, or interacting with non-team guests.
The NBA said the Grizzlies next three games — against Portland on Friday and Sunday and against Sacramento on Monday — had been called off in order to comply with league safety protocols.