How the 76ers' COVID-19-related quarantine could impact Celtics

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How the Sixers' COVID situation could impact Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics aren't the only NBA team dealing with COVID-19.

The Philadelphia 76ers' entire team is currently quarantining in New York after learning one of its players tested positive for COVID-19, NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed Friday.

Seth Curry is the player who tested positive, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Curry, who is out with an ankle injury, was on the Sixers' bench for the first quarter of Philly's game against the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday before the team found out about his positive test.

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So, how does this news impact the Celtics? Boston is set to play the Sixers on Jan. 20 -- 12 days from Friday -- in Philadelphia and again on Jan. 22. It's still unclear who will be deemed "close contacts" with Curry and be forced to quarantine, but Philly's situation will be worth monitoring as Jan. 20 approaches.

Of more immediate concern is the Celtics' game against the Washington Wizards on Friday. The Wizards played in Philadelphia on Wednesday night before traveling to Boston on Friday, so there's a chance the team could be subject to contact tracing ahead of Friday's game at TD Garden.

On top of all that, the Celtics reportedly have three players facing a seven-day quarantine at minimum: Robert Williams, who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, and Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams, who were deemed close contacts of their teammate.

The C's haven't had to postpone any games to date, and Javonte Green has been the only Boston player to miss time due to health and safety protocols. But the coronavirus figures to have a significant impact on Brad Stevens' club over the next week at least.