Bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers and their respective teams in the 2021 All-Star Game. The Sixers duo is potentially ineligible to play tonight due to contract tracing with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the two stars have the same barber and this person tested positive for the disease. Now they're waiting to get new results back and confirm if there's something to worry about and if the pair will have to be remained quarantined for the rest of the weekend in Atlanta.
This was one of the biggest fears around the league when the front office announced they were carrying out the game after initially calling it off. This didn't happen in Atlanta, it was before they traveled to play in the game but it's still worrisome to know that they could be infected.
The good thing is that they haven't been in contact with anybody else in the city due to the league's quarantine protocols. This is a developing story and fans are waiting to see what is going to happen with these two.
Doc Rivers says the situation isn't that favorable for the players and we'll probably see Team LeBron without Ben Simmons and Team Durant without Joel Embiid.
The NBA has ruled out Simmons and Embiid for tonight's game, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. They have no plans to replace the two players, so Team LeBron won't have Simmons and Team Durant will be Joel Embiid-less on the court.
As Woj said, these players didn't have contact with anybody else, which is good for them and the rest of his peers in Atlanta. One of the best players in the East won't play tonight, which damages the show a little bit.