Now Philadelphia must navigate Thursday’s visit to the Chicago Bulls without All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, who remain out due to issues related to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Zach LaVine paced the Bulls with 30 points in a game that helped clear a path to his first career All-Star appearance. “From what I’ve heard, they did everything right. I think they had close contact with their barber, and the barber was getting tested daily. … It’s not like they were trying to hide it or they were doing something wrong. They did everything right and they still in the wrong place at the wrong time. Extremely unfortunate and sad, but I think, with the time that we live in right now, you can’t be too safe.”
The Bulls won six of nine entering the All-Star break to improve their standing in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. The first three contests in that span are against teams ahead of the Bulls in the standings.