Sixers learning as they go with Seth Curry's recovery


Seth Curry was automatic his first two weeks with the Sixers.

Fitting in seamlessly as a floor spacer alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, Curry went 25 for 42 from three in his first eight games, averaging 17.0 points on an absurd 59.5% from deep.

Then he tested positive for COVID-19 and missed seven games from Jan. 7-21. The Sixers held their own without a full roster during that stretch, going 3-4 thanks to contributions from guys like Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey.

Curry returned on Jan. 22 against the Celtics and picked up where he left off, making 3 of 5 threes in 27 minutes on a 15-point night. He played 27 minutes again the next night but didn’t hit a three, and the shooting woes continued from there.

Over his last six games, Curry is averaging just 5.0 points and shooting 28% from the field. Over his last seven games, he’s 4 for 19 from downtown.

He hasn’t looked right. Two nights in a row this week against the Hornets and Blazers, Curry went scoreless. He spent the second half Thursday in the locker room with an illness.

The Sixers are learning as they go as Curry continues to work back to full strength after his bout with COVID. 

"We’re checking out everything. He just looks tired and he's looked like that for a while," head coach Doc Rivers said Thursday night. "We just need to be very safe. We’re in uncharted waters with all this stuff. He said he didn’t feel great. That’s all we needed to hear. We just have to be very careful right now."

There was no immediate word on Curry’s status for Saturday’s game against the Nets.

With Curry working through this, the Sixers have struggled from three as a team, averaging 8.4 makes on 32.9% shooting over their last seven games compared to 11.9 per night on 37.1% shooting prior.

The NBA announced Thursday that zero players had tested positive for coronavirus between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4.

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