Sixers’ Matisse Thybulle ruled out against Raptors on Thursday

The Philadelphia 76ers have been relatively healthy. Along with giving Joel Embiid and James Harden a day off a few weeks ago, the Sixers have been lucky to have their entire starting lineup intact lately as they prepare for the playoffs.

On Thursday, however, the streak will end. As the Sixers traveled to Canada on Wednesday, Philly had no choice but to rule out one of their starters, even though they are currently uninjured.

Sixers defensive standout Matisse Thybulle was added to the team’s injury report on Wednesday night. He was ruled out because he is ‘ineligible to play’.

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Although the team didn’t give any further clarity on Thybulle’s sudden status, it’s clear that his vaccination status could have something to do with his possible absence.

As the NBA continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, there are different rules in different league cities. Toronto has stricter rules given that they are in an entirely different country.

Earlier in the season, unvaccinated and unboosted players were eligible to enter Toronto and face the Raptors, but the rules changed in January. And while the Raptors were able to relax some of their restrictions in February, Aaron Rose of SI’s AllRaptors reported that unvaccinated players are still not eligible to play in Toronto.

With Thybulle out for Thursday’s game, the Sixers will have to raise one of their reserves to the starting lineup. Considering that Danny Green started as a striker throughout last season and earlier this season, chances are he will be called up to replace the young defensive back for the night.

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

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