Sunday night’s matchup between the 76ers and Thunder has been postponed as the Sixers did not have enough players available to meet the mandated minimum to play. This season, of course, that is because of contact tracing associated with COVID-19 so as to avoid spreading the virus. The tracing stems from the Sixers’ matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski also reported that Grizzlies big man Jonas Valanciunas entered the league’s protocol for positive coronavirus tests. The Sixers, themselves, have not registered any positive results on their latest tests, a team source confirmed to The Painted Lines. The Grizzlies played the Timberwolves, who had multiple positive tests recently, this past week.
There were numerous Sixers players conducting pregame routines when the postponement was announced. So, this story seems to have come down quite expeditiously. The team will have two (technically three, if you include Sunday) days off before it is scheduled to play the Celtics. But, the likelihood of their games this week even taking place now holds some doubt.
Update: According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers will be staying overnight in Oklahoma City.
The story is still developing.