76ers’ Matisse Thybulle ‘ineligible to play’ vs. Raptors
Thybulle is averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in 64 games for Philadelphia this season and is a key defender for the team.
The news comes after the 76ers, along with the Boston Celtics, did not confirm that their entire roster is vaccinated as the game is Philadelphia’s first since Canada required all visitors to be vaccinated.
Though Thybulle’s vaccination status is unclear, the rule will remain in place regardless for any team who visits Toronto.
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Philadelphia and Toronto are also looking like the likely matchup for the fourth and fifth seeds of the Eastern Conference in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Raptors have listed both OG Anunoby and Yuta Watanabe as “questionable” and will be game-time decisions before taking on the fourth-place 76ers.