In the event of a series against the Raptors, the Sixers will have to do without Matisse Thybulle in Toronto

In the event of a series against the Raptors, the Sixers will have to do without Matisse Thybulle in Toronto

While New York City has recently eased its health restrictions, this is not yet the case in Canada, and more specifically in Ontario. Indeed, the circular in force still requires anyone who wishes to enter Canadian territory to show their credentials, in terms of vaccination. This could potentially cause some problems during the playoffs.

And it is precisely in this context that ESPN tells us that Matisse Thybulle is one of this handful of unvaccinated players in the NBA. The information came out overnight after the Australian was announced “ineligible” for the Sixers’ move to the Raptors, scheduled for Thursday night.

“Ineligible”, a term which does not leave too much room for doubt as to the vaccination status of Matisse Thybulle. Especially since Philadelphia, like Boston but unlike Miami or Milwaukee, had so far refused to disclose that of its various players, when our colleagues from ESPN asked them about it.

An absence outside of Matisse Thybulle, among the best defenders in the league, would be detrimental for the Sixers, in the event of a series against the Raptors. As a reminder, the two teams could face each other in the first round of the playoffs, since they are currently ranked 4th and 5th in the Eastern Conference.

And Adam Silver wanted to put an end to all suspense during his press conference on Wednesday: the NBA will not be able to obtain exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

We have no choice but to comply with the legislation in force in the jurisdictions where we play. These may be municipal ordinances, as in New York, or state ordinances. But in the case of Toronto, we have to comply with Canadian laws. These rules are known to everyone and those who chose not to be vaccinated knew what they risked: not being able to play in Toronto. We have to comply.

Among the other potential opponents of the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, we know that the Bucks are all vaccinated, but there are therefore also doubts for the Celtics. We remember that Enes Kanter had explained that several players of the team opposed it and if Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart or Al Horford confirmed to be able to play in Toronto, the doubt is on Jaylen Brown, who had played in Toronto before that the law does not impose vaccination on visitors, but who missed the last trip there and has since refused to discuss his vaccination status.

Matisse Thybulle Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2019-20 PHL 65 20 42.3 35.7 61.0 0.7 1.0 1.7 1.2 2.2 1.5 0.8 0.7 4.7
2020-21 PHL 65 20 42.0 30.1 44.4 0.5 1.5 1.9 1.0 2.0 1.6 0.5 1.1 3.9
2021-22 PHL 64 25 49.7 31.2 79.1 0.6 1.7 2.3 1.1 2.4 1.8 0.6 1.1 5.8
Total 194 22 44.9 32.4 65.7 0.6 1.4 1.9 1.1 2.2 1.6 0.6 1.0 4.8

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