The 76ers’ COVID-19 situation has not improved since the team’s shorthanded win Monday night over the Boston Celtics. Danny Green on Wednesday became the Sixers’ fourth player to enter the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Harrison Sanford, who co-hosts the Inside the Green Room podcast with the 34-year-old wing, reported Green tested positive for COVID-19, and that he’s been vaccinated and received a booster shot. Green has been asymptomatic, according to Sanford.
To clear protocols, a player must wait at least 10 days or register two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart.
In addition to Green, Georges Niang, Andre Drummond and Shake Milton are currently in the protocols and out for Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks in Philadelphia. Ben Simmons (personal reasons) will sit out his 32nd straight contest for the 16-15 Sixers.
Tyrese Maxey was not listed on Wednesday night’s injury report. He missed the Sixers’ past two games with a left quad contusion, which led to two-way player Myles Powell’s unlikely debut against Boston.
While the Sixers originally had a normal practice scheduled Wednesday, they ultimately did individual workouts instead. Uniting new players won’t be easy.
As far as replacing Green, Matisse Thybulle should be the clear answer in the short term. Isaiah Joe and Furkan Korkmaz will be options behind Thybulle. Korkmaz was not on the injury report after being sidelined for three games with a non-COVID illness. He’d been stuck in an extended slump, shooting 29.4% from the floor and 18.6% from three over his last 17 games.