REPORT: Seth Curry tests positive for coronavirus
Shams Charania of The Atheltic was the first to break the news, saying that the team had learned of a player testing positive of the virus. He also mentioned that the entire team will have to stay in New York for the evening for contact tracing purposes.
The Philadelphia 76ers learned of a positive coronavirus test for a player during tonight’s game in Brooklyn, forcing the entire team to quarantine in New York tonight and contact trace, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 8, 2021
ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski quickly followed up the initial report and identified that it was indeed Curry who tested positive. Woj also mentioned that the team had learned of Curry’s status early in the game and immediately isolated the Sixers sharpshooter. The 30-year-old was left out of Thursday night’s starting line-up for the first time this season due to an ankle issue, as it was initially reported.
Sixers guard Seth Curry returned a positive test for the coronavirus, which the team learned of near the start of a loss in Brooklyn tonight, sources tell ESPN. He went to an isolation room immediately, and thereafter left arena separate from team.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 8, 2021
Back in March 2020, Rudy Gobert was also in a similar situation when he tested positive for COVID-19 right before the Utah Jazz played the Oklahoma City Thunder which was eventually postponed due to Gobert’s status. The Frenchman was the first player in the league to test positive of the deadly virus last year.
On Thursday, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant was still not with the team due to the league’s strict contact tracing protocol. Also without Kyrie Irving who missed the game for personal reasons, the Nets were still able to pull off a 122-109 win over the Sixers.
The Sixers will have an interesting couple of days as they quarantine and test their players to make sure no one else contracted the virus. The team may have to wait it out a bit before they travel back home in time for their game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.