The Philadelphia 76ers delayed their flight plans and began contact tracing after shooting guard Seth Curry tested positive for the coronavirus just before Thursday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Thursday night.
According to Wojnarowski, Curry was spotted on the bench next to center Joel Embiid and assistant coach Sam Cassell before team officials notified him of his positive test during the first quarter of Philadelphia’s 122-109 loss to Brooklyn. Curry was already set to miss the game with left ankle soreness.
The news could be troubling for the Wizards, who faced the 76ers only 24 hours prior in a 141-136 victory for Philadelphia. Curry played 36 minutes, torching the Wizards for 28 points including a 6-for-7 night from behind the 3-point line. Washington is scheduled to take on the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and no announcement has been made postponing either that contest or the 76ers’ game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are dealing with their own COVID-19 problems ahead of Friday’s game against the Wizards. Power forward Grant Williams and centers Tristan Thompson and Robert Williams are listed as out by Boston due to “health and safety protocols.” Robert Williams tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN, while Grant Williams and Thompson are out due to contact tracing.
The Nets are reportedly staying on schedule despite Curry’s positive test, flying out to Memphis for their upcoming game against the Grizzlies.