Sixers’ star player tests positive for COVID-19 and will miss multiple games, according to reports.
With Ben Simmons continuing to stay out, the Philadelphia 76ers have required a little bit extra from their teammates. And, for the most part, they’ve returned the favor, helping Doc Rivers’ team to a 5-2 start to the season.
However, as successful as all of the Sixers have been, one could argue that Tobias Harris has been the driving force. He’s averaging 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in seven games, with a 58.5 percent effective field goal percentage.
All of those figures are on pace to be his best since joining the Sixers. Regrettably, the team will be without such productivity for the foreseeable future. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harris recently tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, he could be out for at least the next ten days because of the quarantine.
Unfortunate timing and bad luck
By becoming ill, the 29-year-old seemed to have bucked the odds. According to Pompey, he was not only vaccinated, but he was also taking “all the necessary precautions.”
COVID-19 testing are only necessary of vaccinated players if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harris was suffering from “fatigue and congestion.”
It was a tough break for Harris, but the Sixers were also hurt by the timing of his sickness. Beginning on Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers will play three games in four nights, two of which will be against the East-leading Chicago Bulls (6-1). Furthermore, Harris and Simmons will not be the only major players that will be out of the lineup.
Danny Green has already been ruled out of the Bulls’ opening match owing to hamstring soreness in his left leg. Rivers had a clear red-flag feeling when he wanted out of the Sixers’ 113-103 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
After the game, he said, “Danny never wants to come out.” “As a result, I’d say I’m a bit concerned.”
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