76ers ‘Doc Rivers, Nuggets’ Michael Malone in protocol

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December 20, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers watches from the sideline as they face the Boston Celtics in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers and Denver Nuggets bench boss Michael Malone entered NBA health and safety protocol Thursday.

Sixers guards Tyler Johnson and Myles Powell and assistant coaches Brian Adams and Sam Cassell also entered protocol on Thursday. They join forward Danny Green on the 76ers roster, who turned to assistant coach Dan Burke to guide the club in Thursday’s game against host Brooklyn Nets.

Assistant David Adelman was due to serve as interim head coach for the Nuggets on Thursday if they had played against the visiting Golden State Warriors as scheduled, but the game was postponed when Denver was unable to field a list of eight players.

Nuggets guard Bones Hyland and forwards Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji have entered protocol.

Rivers and Malone join Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers), Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers) and Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder) as head coaches in the NBA protocol.

Johnson, 29, has averaged 3.7 points in three games this season for the 76ers.

Powell, 24, averaged 1.5 points in two games off the bench for Philadelphia.

Hyland, 21, has played 24 games this season with the Nuggets, averaging 8.5 points.

Nnaji, 20, is averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds over 20 games. Green, a 35-year veteran, has appeared in all 33 Denver games, averaging 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds.

– Media at field level

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