Sources: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Ruled Out for All-Star Game
Update: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been ruled out for tonight's NBA All-Star Game.
From NBA Press Release: Prior to traveling to Atlanta, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had contact with an individual who is confirmed today to have tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, Embiid (Team Durant) and Simmons (Team LeBron) will not play in tonight’s NBA All-Star Game.
Participation for other All-Stars and members of the 76ers coaching staff in Atlanta is not affected because they were not exposed to the individual in Philadelphia.
Sixers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons might not participate in tonight's NBA All-Star Game. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Embiid and Simmons could miss the game due to the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Per Charania, the Sixers duo were exposed to a likely COVID-19 positive individual before arriving in Atlanta. The reports suggested that the individual was a barber in Philadelphia
Embiid was a starter, and a member of team Durant, while Simmons was a reserve who was drafted by LeBron James.
Embiid is having a MVP type of season, while Simmons has really turned it on in the month of February. Over his last 10 games, Simmons is scoring 21 points, 7.9 Rebounds, 7.8 Assists, while shooting 70% from Free Throw Line. Embiid ended the first-half with 40 points, 19 rebounds, three assists, two triples, one steal, two blocks in 40 minutes.
The NBA All-Star Game is on 97.3 ESPN, we'll pick up in progress after the Flyers and Capitals, which starts at 7pm.
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