Sixers’ Joel Embiid & Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic out due to COVID-19 protocols

Last year’s MVP runner-up Joel Embiid and Chicago Bulls newly added centre Nikola Vucevic to miss at least 10 days due to NBA’s health and safety protocols.

The 27-year-old was supposed to sit out Monday’s 103-96 loss to the New York Knicks, but due to the NBA’s health and safety standards, he’ll likely miss more games. The game against the defending champs, the Milwaukee Bucks, is one of the games Embiid will miss.
Before the loss to the Knicks, Rivers observed, “He’s not performing well – he’s battling.” With an average of 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game so far this season, Embiid has been a crucial player in the Sixers’ strong start. It has a big impact on the Sixers as they are already without Ben Simmons and looks like will be without him for an extended period, while Harris has returned in the lineup his and his partner Seth Curry’s outcome will not be enough to hold the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Nikola Vucevic landed in the league’s health and safety protocols Thursday morning, putting the Chicago Bulls’ five-game West Coast trip on hold before it ever started. After many publications reported the news, the team acknowledged it on its official injury report for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. According to insiders, the All-Star centre will miss many games and will be out for at least 10 days. The Bulls were set to fly to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon ahead of their matchup with the NBA’s best Warriors on Friday. Vucevic did not travel.

 

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