Matisse Thybulle the latest Sixers player to enter health and safety protocols
On Friday night, the Sixers listed a third player in NBA health and safety protocols.
Matisse Thybulle was added to the league’s injury report at 9:30 p.m. ET and listed as absent for Saturday’s game against the Bulls in Chicago. Tobias Harris and Isaiah Joe are also absent due to health and safety protocols. Saturday’s game will be Harris’ fourth consecutive absence, Joe’s second.
The Sixers tested their entire squad for COVID-19 ahead of Thursday’s victory over the Pistons, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Thybulle played 30 minutes in this contest.
To clear league protocols, a player must either wait at least 10 days or return two consecutive negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart.
In addition to Ben Simmons (personal reasons), Grant Riller (recovering from a left knee injury), Jaden Springer and Aaron Henry (G League) will not be available. After missing out on the Pistons’ victory, Danny Green (left hamstring strain) and Furkan Korkmaz (right wrist pain) became questionable.
As the Sixers know well after health and safety concerns last season, NBA teams must have at least eight active players to play a game. Thybulle was one of nine available Sixers players in Detroit. Head coach Doc Rivers used eight, leaving rookie center Charles Bassey on the bench and employing a second three-man unit made up of Paul Reed, Andre Drummond and Georges Niang.
During his third professional season, Thybulle continued to frequently show moments of alien-type defensive brilliance. Thybulle’s 4.0 Flying Percent and 3.5 Block Lead Percent NBA Wings, by Clean the glass. He will be missed against Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine, who shot 7 for 29 and committed nine turnovers when guarded by Thybulle over the past two seasons.
After Saturday’s game with Chicago, the Sixers are expected to return home and play their second straight game of the year Monday and Tuesday against the Knicks and Bucks.