Nuggets beat short-handed 76ers as COVID-19 depletes NBA teams
Washington, United States– The Philadelphia 76ers were routed 115-103 by the going to Denver Nuggets on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time), with the group so severely depleted by Covid-19 procedures and injuries that they were required to dress an injured player. The short-handed Sixers were down to simply seven healthy players, pressing coach Doc Rivers to trigger Mike Scott, who had a left knee injury, so they might satisfy the league requirement to have a minimum of 8 gamers. Scott rested on the team bench but didn’t play. “Covid created this but the issue is not Covid now,” Rivers said. “The concern is injuries.” Somewhere Else, LaMelo Ball became the youngest gamer in NBA history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 helps, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105. The 19-year-old Ball is 177 days younger than Markelle Fultz when he set the triple double record. Ball shot nine-of-13 from the flooring as the Hornets handed the struggling Hawks their 4th straight defeat. Ball was the third total pick in the 2020 entry draft. Tim Hardaway also scored 36 points and Trey Burke included a season-high 29 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-98 victory over the going to Orlando Magic. The Sixers were missing a variety of beginners, including Seth Curry, who evaluated favorable for the coronavirus on Thursday. Since of contact tracing, Covid-19 health protocols and injuries several other stars were likewise missing out on consisting of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. Prior to the video game, Rivers said he felt it should have been delayed. “I do not believe we ought to (play) however it’s not for me to express that,” Rivers said. “I do stress about our gamer health.” Also missing out on were Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Vincent Poirier. “I rely on the league and I trust the doctors as far as health-wise,” Rivers said. “I’m more concerned with health on the floor.” Saturday’s (Sunday Philippine time) game had a possibility to be the season’s second coronavirus-related game post ponement. The Houston Firecrackers had their season opener versus the Oklahoma City Thunder held off because of a combination of positive tests and contact tracing for Houston. Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 12 assists and Gary Harris scored 21 points to lead the Nuggets. Jamal Murray and Will Barton had 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who broke open a close game after halftime. JaMychal Green and Monte Morris included 12 points apiece. Rookie Tyrese Maxey tallied a career-high 39 points on 18-of-33 shooting, Isaiah Joe included 13 and Dakota Mathias had 12 for Philadelphia, who lost their 2nd in a row and had their 20-game house winning streak snapped. Cameroonian star centre Embiid was sidelined with back tightness while Australian guard Simmons was out with knee tightness. “With the minutes we would have to ask (from Embiid), it would be ridiculous to play him,” Rivers stated. The Sixers started veterans Dwight Howard and Danny Green alongside novice guards Isaiah Joe, Tyrese Maxey and Dakota Mathias. The Nuggets lacked Michael Porter, who is in quarantine due to Covid-19 safety protocols. “They considered it safe adequate to play,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone stated. “To be truthful, I think we’re going to begin seeing more of this.” The Mavericks were without forward Dorian Finney-Smith and guards Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson due to Covid-19 health and security procedures. Hardaway made 8 of 13 three-point efforts as the Mavericks defeated Magic for the 14th time in the previous 18 conferences.