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Sixers’ Positive Virus Test Challenges N.B.A.’s Health Protocol

Within the newest problem for a significant North American sports activities league attempting to navigate the pandemic, the N.B.A.’s Philadelphia 76ers remained in New York on Friday to bear contact tracing and coronavirus testing after considered one of their gamers realized throughout a recreation towards the Nets on Thursday evening that he had examined constructive.

The constructive take a look at outcome was returned whereas the participant, Seth Curry, was on the Sixers’ bench in the course of the first half of their loss to the Nets at Barclays Heart. The sport was allowed to proceed, elevating questions in regards to the league’s well being and security protocols because it performs with out the restricted setup it used to complete final season in Florida.

The Sixers misplaced, 122-109, and a full analysis to find out whether or not Curry had been in shut contact with any Sixers gamers or employees members started in earnest the following morning — after the Nets had flown to Memphis for his or her subsequent recreation.

The destiny of Philadelphia’s residence recreation Saturday towards Denver was not instantly clear. A league spokesman mentioned that there had been no adjustments made to the schedule.

Curry, held out of Thursday’s recreation with an ankle damage, was faraway from the Sixers’ bench and positioned in isolation after being notified of the constructive take a look at in the course of the first half, in response to two folks conversant in the circumstances who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate the main points publicly.

Main League Baseball confronted an identical problem of a constructive take a look at outcome obtained throughout competitors, in Sport 6 of the World Sequence between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays in October. The Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner learned during the seventh inning that he had examined constructive, and was pulled from the sport earlier than the beginning of the eighth inning. The sport was not stopped then, both, and Turner later apologized for returning to the sector to rejoice profitable the championship along with his teammates.

On Thursday, Curry had taken two each day coronavirus assessments as required by the N.B.A.’s well being and security protocols — one speedy take a look at and one polymerase chain response take a look at. The speedy take a look at got here up as unfavorable, permitting Curry to be on the bench with a masks, in response to one of many folks conversant in the scenario. The 76ers then obtained the results of Curry’s P.C.R. take a look at and took him to an remoted room at Barclays Enviornment as play continued. He left the sector individually from the remainder of the crew.

The Nets have been nonetheless scheduled to play the Grizzlies on Friday evening. It was not clear if any Nets coaches or gamers have been conscious of Curry’s constructive coronavirus outcome as they performed the Sixers.

Curry was seated on the entrance row of Philadelphia’s bench within the first quarter towards the Nets in avenue garments, with the assistant coach Sam Cassell to his proper and, for parts of the quarter, Philadelphia’s star heart Joel Embiid to his left.

After the sport, Embiid, who just lately turned a father, told ESPN that he plans to quarantine from his household till he’s positive that he doesn’t have the virus.

The Washington Wizards, who performed Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, are scheduled to play the Celtics in Boston on Friday evening. The Celtics introduced Friday that three rotation gamers — Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams III — would miss that recreation due to attainable publicity to the coronavirus. Different prime gamers within the league have additionally been in quarantine, together with Kevin Durant of the Nets, regardless of not reporting a constructive coronavirus take a look at.

Gamers are required to quarantine for no less than seven days if they’re uncovered to somebody who assessments constructive. If a participant assessments constructive, he might be required to isolate for no less than 10 days. A number of gamers have needed to quarantine because the season started Dec. 22, however just one recreation has been derailed: Houston’s season-opener towards Oklahoma Metropolis on Dec. 23 was postponed when the Rockets couldn’t subject the league’s minimal requirement of eight gamers.

The N.B.A. broadcasts the outcomes of the leaguewide coronavirus testing weekly and mentioned Thursday that 4 gamers out of 498 examined since Dec. 30 had examined constructive. Final week, the league introduced zero confirmed constructive assessments out of 495 gamers examined.

Based on the N.B.A.’s protocols, a constructive take a look at requires a crew to “notify any shut contacts of the confirmed constructive case of their standing and acceptable subsequent steps,” together with retesting or quarantine. A participant that has examined constructive should isolate for no less than 10 days or return two consecutive unfavorable assessments no less than 24 hours aside earlier than he can take steps to return to play, similar to figuring out by himself when no different gamers are current.

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