Doc Rivers’ assessment of the Sixers’ ability to beat any team by 30 points without a full roster is proven correct. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the team this season, and there appears to be no end in sight. Doc Rivers tested positive for COVID.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the head coach is the latest to join the league’s health and safety regulations. Tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets will feature assistant coach Dan Burke on the bench.
Rivers was joined by newcomers Tyler Johnson and Myles Powell as the Omicron variety threatens to halt the NBA season. The game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat was rescheduled for December 29. The Sixers-Nets game might be the next to be postponed.
Despite clearing COVID-19 standards, Shake Milton and Andre Drummond are doubtful for tonight’s game in Brooklyn. Danny Green, on the other hand, is still out. The Sixers are looking for their third consecutive victory following victories against Washington and Toronto.
“I will take any win on the road any time, anyway, You don’t get to just script the games. Like ‘Guys, tonight, let’s win by 30’. That just doesn’t happen. Not in this game. You just win the game. You take it, and you keep moving on. It’s the regular season.”
Joel Embiid has borne the brunt of the burden. Over his previous five games, he’s averaged 33.6 points and 13.4 rebounds. Rivers became emotional and brutally honest about the Sixers’ five-point victory over an undermanned Toronto squad after the game.
Rivers’ absence is simply the latest stumbling block for a squad that has been plagued by them all season. And that’s before we even get into Ben Simmons’ drama. Let’s see what else comes in the way of the Sixers.