Matisse Thybulle ruled out of NBA clash between Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls

Aussie NBA star Matisse Thybulle will sit out the Philadelphia 76ers’ clash with the Chicago Bulls, which begins on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Aussie Matisse Thybulle has become the latest Philadelphia 76ers player sidelined in accordance with the NBA’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Thybulle will join Tobias Harris and Isaiah Joe in missing the Sixers’ clash with the Chicago Bulls, which begins on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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Embattled Aussie star Ben Simmons remains unavailable for selection, citing personal reasons. He has yet to play in the 2021/22 season.

To come back into the side, Thybulle will need to either wait ten days or return two consecutive negative PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart. If he can do the latter, Thybulle is a chance to return for the Sixers’ next home game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

The fleet-footed Boomer played more minutes of the Sixers’ last game against the Bulls, a five-point win at home on Thursday (AEDT), than any of his teammates.

His penchant for pulling off steals was on show in that game — he recorded three. His 4.7 steal and 5.8 block percentages for the season are better than any other wing in the NBA.

Before the season commenced, Thybulle was an instrumental member of the Boomers side that claimed Australia’s first-ever Olympic basketball medal at the Tokyo Games.

Thybulle, who holds dual Australian and American citizenship, hadn’t represented the Boomers prior to the games and said it was “really special” to have had the chance to do so.

“It was really special for (Boomers stars) Patty (Mills) and Delly (Matt Dellavedova) to trust me enough to bring me into this, this far along, after everything they’ve done to build a foundation, to create a culture and fight for the opportunity to be in this position,” said Thybulle after the Games.

“I’m honoured to have been considered and welcomed into this family and to be a part of it.”

Aussie whiz kid Josh Giddey took himself close to a second career double-double as the teenager helped take down the all-powerful LA Lakers in a stunning come-from behind win in Los Angeles.

It was just a second season victory for Giddey and the Oklahoma City Thunder, both coming against the Lakers who, without Le Bron James, conceded 35 final quarter-points in a 107-104 home-court loss.

Already earning plaudits as one of the best passers in the NBA rookie crop this season, Giddey, 19, landed a couple of exquisite passes in a team-high eight assists to go with his eight rebounds.

Giddey’s growing standing in the team was evident by his 32 minutes on court and handling the ball when the pressure was at its greatest.

“I think everybody is shocked by how well he’s playing so quickly,” Brandon Rahbar, an OKC beat writer for Daily Thundertold SEN this week.

“He is so composed, so mature, his IQ is so high, he’s just kind of blowing people away.

“Oklahoma City fans are absolutely falling in love with Josh Giddey.”

Coming from as much as 19 points down, OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lit it up with 28 points in a morale-boosting win.

“Everything matters in a close game. To be the team we want to be, we have to take care of the little stuff,” he said.

“We’ve got to fight, no matter what day it is, no matter what the score is.”

Giddey’s performance in LA came after countryman Joe Ingles played a leading hand as his Utah Jazz shook off the Atlanta Hawks 116-98.

The Boomers veteran started with superstar Donovan Mitchell (ankle) sidelined and made five-of-six three pointers in a 19-point, four-rebound performance.

Through eight games this season, the 34-year-old is averaging a career-best 51.2 per cent from beyond the arc as the Jazz improved to an NBA-best 7-1 season record.

Originally published as Aussie NBA star Matisse Thybulle ruled out of next game through health and safety protocols

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