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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons miss All-Star Game due to contact tracing

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Philadelphia 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons missed the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, with the league announcing the decision earlier Sunday. The two had contact with a barber who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told ESPN.

The barber, located in the Philadelphia area, tested positive after undergoing additional testing on Sunday because of an inconclusive positive test, sources said. Though sources told ESPN prior to the game there were no plans to replace Embiid and Simmons on the rosters, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson did take Embiid’s place in the starting lineup for Team Durant.

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Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers, who coached Team Durant, said in his postgame news conference that Embiid and Simmons continue to test negative.

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