Seth Curry has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Sixers stayed overnight in New York and will commence contact tracing Friday morning. The team will do a new round of testing Friday in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Curry did not play against the Nets due to an ankle injury. Head coach Doc Rivers said his injury was just “day-to-day”. Curry spent the first quarter on the bench before the Sixers were made aware of a positive test. He was wearing a mask and was seated next to assistant coach Sam Cassell and center Joel Embiid.
Curry then left the court area and headed into isolation. He left the Barclays Center separately from the team.
Embiid, who has a 3-month-old son, plans to self-quarantine from his family until he is satisfied he didn’t contract the virus.
The Sixers are scheduled to play Saturday at home against the Denver Nuggets.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers, who is Curry’s father-in-law, said before Thursday’s game that Curry had suffered the ankle injury late in Philadelphia’s 141-136 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, in which Curry scored 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting in 36 minutes. Rivers said he had “no idea” when Curry suffered the injury. Shake Milton started in his place against the Nets.
Curry appeared to be seated on the front row of the bench at the start of Thursday night’s game, sitting next to Cassell and two seats away from backup center Dwight Howard, until the veteran big man lay on the baseline to stretch before entering the game. When Embiid headed to the bench with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter, he sat in the seat directly to Curry’s left, where he remained for the rest of the first quarter. At the start of the second quarter, Embiid was still in his seat and Cassell was still in his, but the seat Curry had occupied was empty. And it appeared to remain that way for the rest of the game.
It’s not good news for the Sixers. It is currently undetermined if the Sixers will play Saturday against the Nuggets. It’s also undetermined when Curry will return.