NBA News – no statement about vaccination status: missing Sixers and Celtics players at Raptors
The Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers could meet the Toronto Raptors in the first playoff round. This is the only location where vaccine is currently prescribed to be able to participate. On ESPN demand, the two teams considered what clear statement about the vaccination status of their players.
While the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, other potential Raptors opponents, clarified that all players were vaccinated and thus have no problems with encounters in Toronto, the Celtics and 76ers refused to relocate position. This at least raises the question of whether one or more players could get problems with a matchup with the Raptor’s problems.
Since the 15th of January, a corresponding vaccination requirement has been considered throughout Canada. While the Sixers have not approached the Raptor’s since then (the duel is on April 7), the Celtics lost on Monday to Overtime in Toronto. In the second game of a back-to-back, Boston was missing next to the longer injured Robert Williams, who is vaccinated according to espn-information, also Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown.
Horford lacked personal reasons (already on Sunday), Brown and Tatum struck. Tatum explained to Media Day that he was vaccinated, but also accept other opinions. “I completely understand the concerns. It’s your own health.” Similarly, Brown said: “I know everyone has his own opinion, but it’s a personal decision.”
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Stand Today, the Sixers (46-29) would take the third of the Eastern Conference on the Raptors, the distances on Milwaukee in second place (47-28) and Boston in fourth place four (47-30) are minimal. In addition, Toronto is equal with the ranked five chicago bulls (44-32). Leader Miami (49-28) and the Celtics separate only 2 games.