Will Saturday’s game be played?

Derek Bodner, 76ers beat writer: Teams are required to have eight players suit up in order for a game to be played, and right now the Sixers only have six definitely in: Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Dakota Mathias, Isaiah Joe and Tony Bradley. If two of the seven players (Embiid, Green, Harris, Milton, Poirier, Reed and Thybulle) who are listed as questionable because of health and safety protocols aren’t able to play, the game will have to be postponed.

Even if some are cleared, five of the Sixers’ top seven players in terms of minutes played are listed as either out or questionable because of the protocols, so it could have a drastic impact on the Sixers’ rotation depending on who is, or is not, cleared.

How has the reality of COVID-19 compared to season expectations?

Sam Amick, senior NBA writer: When the season opener between Houston and Oklahoma City was postponed on Dec. 23 because of various COVID-19-related absences, I wasted no time in writing that the league needed to think long and hard about returning to a bubble environment (only this time regional bubbles for much shorter stints than Orlando).

And while there was a decent stretch of unaffected games thereafter, this recent uptick begs the same question: Can they make this work, or will commissioner Adam Silver & Co. be forced to go to Plan B(ubble)? These last few days, I’d say, are more problematic than they’d planned for.

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