Matisse Thybulle the latest Sixers player to introduce health and safety protocols

The Sixers added a third player to the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Friday night.

Matisse Thybulle was added to the league’s injury report at 9:30 p.m. and listed as out of 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 team for COVID-19 ahead of Thursday’s win over the Pistons, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Thybulle played 30 minutes in that game.

To clear competition 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 (left knee injury recovery), Jaden Springer and Aaron Henry (G League) will not be available. After missing out on the Pistons’ win, Danny Green (left hamstring tightness) and Furkan Korkmaz (right wrist pain) were upgraded to doubtful.

As the Sixers are well aware of after health and safety-related issues last season, NBA teams must have at least eight active players to play a game. Thybulle was one of nine available sixers in Detroit. Head coach Doc Rivers used eight, leaving rookie center Charles Bassey on the bench and employing a three-man second unit of Paul Reed, Andre Drummond and Georges Niang.

In his third professional season, Thybulle continued to regularly flash moments of otherworldly defensive brilliance. Thybulle’s 4.0 steal percentage and 3.5 block percentage lead NBA wings, according to Cleaning the Glass. He will be missed against Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine, who has shot 7 for 29 and made nine turnovers while guarded by Thybulle for the past two seasons.

After Saturday’s scheduled game against Chicago, the Sixers return home to play their second back-to-back of the year against the Knicks and Bucks on Monday and Tuesday.

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