Tobias Harris could return from COVID-19 for the Sixers’ game Thursday against the Raptors
The power forward, who is vaccinated, has been in the league’s health and safety protocols after originally testing positive 40 minutes before a game against the Trail Blazers on Nov. 1.
The 76ers could get their second-best player back Thursday night.
Tobias Harris is listed as questionable for the Sixers’ matchup against the Toronto Raptors at the Wells Fargo Center. The power forward, who is vaccinated, has been in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols after originally testing positive 40 minutes before the Nov. 1 game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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A vaccinated player can typically return after a 10-day quarantine or following two negative tests 24 hours apart. Thursday will mark the 10th day after Harris received his initial positive rapid test. There was a thought he could remain out longer because he experienced fatigue and congestion during the first four days of his infection.
Harris has been sidelined for the last six games. The Sixers (8-4) won the first four before Joel Embiid also entered the health and safety protocols. They lost to the New York Knicks on Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
The Raptors (6-6) are riding a four-game losing streak after Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics.
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Harris is averaging 19.8 points and a team-leading 4.2 assists. The Sixers ran a lot of their halfcourt sets through him as a point forward.
Embiid, Isaiah Joe, and Matisse Thybulle remain in the health and safety protocols. Ben Simmons is still not mentally ready to play and two-way player Grant Riller remains out as he recovers from an injured left knee. Seth Curry is questionable with a bruised foot. The injury sidelined him in Tuesday’s loss to the Bucks.