Philadelphia 76 guard Seth Curry has returned a positive test for coronavirus, which the team learned at the start of their 122-109 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.
The Sixers will stay overnight in New York and will begin tracking contacts on Friday morning, sources said. The team will conduct a new round of tests on Friday in accordance with NBA health and safety protocols.
Curry, who spent the game Thursday with ankle pain on his left, spent the first quarter on the bench before the Sixers were notified of a positive test, sources said. He was wearing a mask and was sitting next to assistant coach Sam Kassel and center Joel Embiid.
Curry then left the court area and headed into isolation. He left the center of Barclays separately from the team.
Embiid, who has a 3-month-old son, told ESPN he planned to quarantine his family until he was convinced he had not contracted the virus.
Philadelphia’s next program is to play at home against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers, Curry’s father-in-law, said before Thursday’s game that Curry suffered an ankle injury late in the Philadelphia’s 141-136 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, in which Curry scored 28 points for 11 -14 shots in 36 minutes.
Rivers said he had “no idea” when Curry was injured. Shake Milton started in his place against the Nets.
“I know he was in the game [Wednesday] … I think somewhere in the fourth quarter it’s late, “Rivers said.” But as for how long it will be outside, my guess is daily. I don’t think it’s a serious injury, but it’s the right thing to do. “
Curry seemed to be sitting in the front row of the bench at the start of Thursday night’s game, sitting next to Kassel and two seats from reserve Dwight Howard, until the veteran lay down on the baseline to stretch before entering the game.
When Embiid headed for the bench with 3 minutes left, 5 seconds left in the first quarter, he sat directly to Curry’s left, where he remained until the end of the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Embiid was still in place and Kassel was still in place, but the place Carrie had taken was empty. And it seemed to stay that way until the end of the game.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburn and Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.