NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – An NBA game scheduled for Sunday (Monday WIB) between the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed by the league hours before the game began due to COVID-19 safety protocol issues.
Quoted by AFP on Monday, the Sixers’ away team does not have at least eight players available for the match due to ongoing covid-19 transmission within the club.
Cameroon star Joel Embiid of the 76ers will not play for the game because of a right knee injury that sidelined him in Philadelphia’s 104-106 loss at Memphis.
The Sixers are fourth in the East with a 9-5 (win-loss) record, while the Thunder are among four clubs that have a 6-6 record in eighth place in the West.
The 76ers-Thunder game was the second game on the same day that was postponed after Cleveland’s game in Washington was suspended because six players on the Wizards roster were positive about COVID-19.
This will be the seventh day in the last eight days that the NBA has postponed at least one game due to COVID-19 safety protocols for the season that began four weeks ago and features teams playing at home team. (sak/ant)