The Philadelphia 76ers spent most of the season incomplete. With Ben Simmons

sitting out due to a trade request, it took a mid-season blockbuster to make them whole.

Now, with the playoffs at hand, they are once again dealing with the absence of a key player.

Defensive star Matisse Thybulle will be ineligible to play in at least Games 3 and 4 of Philadelphia's 

first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, 76ers coach Doc Rivers confirmed on Sunday.

Road players must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,meaning two weeks removed from either the second dose

of a two-shot vaccine or the first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,

to be eligible to enter Canada. Depending on the schedule of the series,

it could theoretically be possible for Thybulle to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

in time for Game 6, but it does not seem as though he was planning to do so.

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