The Philadelphia 76ers were forced to remain in Brooklyn Thursday night after guard Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report.
The Sixers learned of the positive test during the first quarter of their 122-109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Contact tracing will continue Friday morning in New York.
Curry was on the Sixers bench wearing a mask when he learned about the positive test, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski report. Curry, who didn’t play in the game due to left ankle soreness, was promptly taken off the court and taken to an isolation room.
According to NBA guidelines, Curry will need to self-isolate for at least ten days unless he tests negative twice in 24 hours via a PCR test. It is unclear how the NBA will handle its next steps if more players test positive or are considered high-risk close contacts.
Nets player Kevin Durant is currently sidelined after being deemed a high-risk close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Durant is in a mandated seven-day quarantine.
According to Shelburne, Sixers center Joel Embiid, who sat next to Curry during the game, will self-quarantine from his family until he’s sure he didn’t contract the virus.
The Sixers are next scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. It’s unclear how long they’ll stay in New York at this time.
We’ll bring you updates as they become available.