The Sixers had an excellent opportunity to get to 8-1 with a win over a Brooklyn team missing both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. And they ultimately did not come close, falling to the Nets 122-109 in a game that probably wasn’t even as competitive as the not-so-close final score would indicate.

But behind the scenes, something of potentially far greater consequence than one regular-season game was happening.

As first reported by Shams Charania, the team was informed that a player tested positive for COVID-19 early during Thursday night’s game. The team is staying overnight in New York, with tests and contact tracing in the morning.

How the Sixers will proceed, with a quick turnaround and game against Denver scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in Philadelphia, remains unclear. But on a night when the Sixers’ play did not match what they showed during the five-game winning streak they started with, the uncertainty following the positive test…



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