The Sixers have their own unvaccinated burden – The Mercury News

Call it the Aaron Judge Rule or the Mike Lupica Rule:

“When an athlete is asked if he has got the shot he refuses to answer, it means he ain’t got a shot,

That’s the situation the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics found themselves in last week. Four teams can go to Canada in the first round of the NBA playoffs, where unvaccinated players are barred from entering. Two of them, the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks, Told ESPN that all their players were vaccinated, The Sixers and Celtics would say no, and you know what that means:

They have uneducated players. One consequence for MLR is that it is usually also important: marginal players cannot afford to throw the game. In Boston, the Globe reported that “two frontline players“The vaccination was not done, and rumor and speculation were quickly based on Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, who missed a game in Toronto along with two vaccinated players. Brown and Horford are refusing to say whether they were have been vaccinated yet – you know what that means – but both say they will be ready for anything imaginable Playoff matchup.

In Philly, there was some confusion. Every remotely important player on the team either said they had been vaccinated or had been informed of the vaccination. When the first injury reports for Thursday’s matchup against the Raptors were released, all that confusion was dispelled; The reporting was simply wrong. Bulldogs defender Matisse Thiboul has not been vaccinated and was therefore listed as “ineligible to play”. The Philadelphia Inquirer quickly changed language In an old story about Thibaul and others moving from “all those players were vaccinated” to “all those players were vaccinated.” The Sixers are aware of the issue with the vaccination status of Thybul for at least a month, according to philivoice,

Thybulle’s offensive stats are trivial at five points per game and two on the board, but he’s absolutely vital to what the Sixers do. He is among the NBA leaders in both steals and blocks, and is easily Philly’s best perimeter defender. He provides defense and depth to a team that lacks both.

Canada defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which means that if she was vaccinated on Thursday, she would take it as soon as possible. Can play in Sixers-Raptor. The series runs for two weeks starting Thursday, April 21. With the playoffs starting on April 16, it is likely that Thayboul will miss at least one possible game in Toronto.

Ironically, Kyrie Irving affected Brooklyn’s regular season so badly with his decision not to get vaccinated that it probably won’t be a problem for the Nets. The Raptors are almost seeded fifth, while the seventh seed has to win all the nets and win a single home play-in game. 7 seed, the Nets will only face the Raptors in a highly unlikely conference final. And speaking of Irving, even though the circus he played at Barclays was largely his fault, you can at least point to the fact that New York City is a climax with a private-sector vaccine mandate.

in spite of the murmur Adam Silver or im udoka or Basketball And baseball Writers, that’s not really the case here. United States also Non-citizens need to be vaccinated to enter the country; Novak Djokovik Currently Cannot Play Any American Tennis TournamentAnd one is already missed because he hasn’t been vaccinated.

Separately, James Harden, Doc Rivers and the Sixers have written their own spectacular series of playoff collapses over the past decade. You can only laugh when what fell to them this time is what Harden was truly so desperate to escape to Brooklyn.

*The only known exception to MLR is Pete Alonso, who took part in a series of “Get the Shot” PSAs last year and then, scrambling to cover for many of his non-vaccinated peers, made the vaccine a personal choice. said. Alonso quit the farce this spring and admitted he had always been vaccinated.

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