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76ers' Embiid Positive for COVID-19, Begins Health and Safety Protocols, Source Says

Embiid becomes 4th Sixer to enter health and safety protocols originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Sixers on Monday learned that Joel Embiid has tested positive for COVID-19 and needs to enter the NBA's health and safety protocols, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

The Athletic's Shams Charania first reported the news.

Embiid is vaccinated, but will will be out for 10 days or until he is able to test negative twice, spaced 24 hours apart.

Monday night's game against the Knicks was already a planned rest day for Embiid, the source said.

The Sixers could get a starter back in Danny Green, who's listed as questionable after missing the previous three games with left hamstring tightness. Green put up jumpers after shootaround and appears close to a return. 

Embiid became the fourth Sixer in the league's protocols, joining Tobias Harris, Isaiah Joe and Matisse Thybulle.

Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said last week Harris was doing "OK, but not great, honestly." The 29-year-old tweeted, "Every W is healing me" after tuning in for the team's sixth straight victory on Saturday night, a win over the Bulls in Chicago. 

The Sixers have improbably managed to keep winning despite their health and safety-related absences, but losing Embiid is especially difficult in terms of on-court impact. The MVP runner-up, who posted 30 points and 15 rebounds against the Bulls, is massively influential on both sides of the ball.

Without him, Andre Drummond figures to start and Paul Reed should continue to play key minutes. Other center options include Georges Niang and rookie Charles Bassey.

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