Doc's short-handed Sixers no match for Nuggets

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Tim Bontemps

Adrian Wojnarowski

Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017

As the Philadelphia 76ers prepared to take on the Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon with seven healthy players, coach Doc Rivers said he believed the NBA should have postponed the game.

“I don’t think we should [play], but it’s not for me to express that,” Rivers said, when asked whether he believed the game should be played before short-handed Philadelphia lost 115-103 to Denver. “I do worry about our player health on the floor.”

Philadelphia found itself depleted due to both injury and the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. So much so, that forward Mike Scott — who had been out with a knee issue — needed to be listed as active even though Rivers said before the game he wouldn’t play him.

As a result, three rookies — including first round pick Tyrese Maxey, who had 39 points in his first career start — played more than 40 minutes for Philadelphia, and Denver — led by 21 points from Gary Harris and 15 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists from center Nikola

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