Sixers’ Tobias Harris clears COVID-19 protocols, returns from six-game absence vs. raptors – Community News

Sixers’ Tobias Harris clears COVID-19 protocols, returns from six-game absence vs. raptors

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has approved the NBA’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and will be back on the floor Thursday when they face the Toronto Raptors. Harris was officially listed as doubtful heading into the game, but Sixers coach Doc Rivers told reporters before the game that Harris “feels good, looks good” and that he was in the Philadelphia starting lineup.

Harris missed Philadelphia’s last six games and has not played since their 122-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks on October 30. Over the season, he averages 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists with a true shooting percentage of 60.5 percent.

Here he warms up on Thursday:

Harris’ return is a boost for a team that is severely understaffed: Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe are all staying out due to health and safety protocols. Guard Seth Curry was sidelined with a left foot bruise when the Sixers lost 118-109 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, but he was also in the starting five against Toronto on Thursday.

Philadelphia is also without Ben Simmons, of course, and yet the team has started the season 8-4, with the league’s number 1 in the league (113.9 points per 100 possessions) and the fifth-best points difference. Despite being shorthands, the Sixers have routinely dominated the opposing second units — they have the third-best overall bench-net rating in the NBA.

Harris averaged 33 minutes in Philadelphia’s first six games, but doesn’t expect to hit that number against the Raptors. After hosting the Raptors, the Sixers will go on a six-game road trip that will see them visit the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.