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NBA COVID tracker: Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks’ Julius Randle in health and safety protocols

With the omicron variant rampant, the NBA rosters are evolving. Among the many players in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols include New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis . In related news, as of December 26, more stringent protocols – tighter mask requirements, increased testing – have been in effect. These rules will be in effect until January 8.

Another change is that some players can now clear health and safety protocols and resume play as early as five days after testing positive, provided they are asymptomatic, vaccinated and likely not contagious (i.e. their cycle threshold is greater than 30).

Between the amended return-to-play policy and the new rule requiring teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA aims to avoid postponing games. Despite this, the scheduled game between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets on December 30 was postponed because Denver did not have the required eight players.

There have been 11 postponements this season:

  • Golden State Warriors at the Denver Nuggets (December 30)
  • Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs (December 29)
  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers (December 23)
  • Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (December 22)
  • Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets (December 21)
  • Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors (December 20)
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers (December 19)
  • Denver Nuggets at the Brooklyn Nets (December 19)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks (December 19)
  • Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors (December 16)
  • Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls (December 14)

Seven head coaches are in health and safety protocols: Nate McMillan (Atlanta Hawks), Tyronn Lue (Los Angeles Clippers), Doc Rivers (Philadelphia), Michael Malone (Denver), Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns)) and Billy Donovan (Chicago).

Four other coaches – Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers), Alvin Gentry (Sacramento Kings) and Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) – entered protocols in December and have since been cleared.

The Raptors played two home games in December at 50% capacity and, as of December 31, cannot allow more than 1,000 people into the Scotiabank Arena. by a provincial mandate. The team is waiting limit to be up for the next three weeks, and, as such, play in a practically empty arena.

Below is a regularly updated, team by team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Actors of health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (December 28)
  • Gorgui Dieng (Dec. 28)
  • Malik Ellison (December 28)
  • Jalen Johnson (December 26)
  • John Collins (December 26)

Boston Celtics

  • Enes Kanter Liberté (December 23)

Charlotte hornets

  • Vernon Carey Jr. (January 1)
  • Scottie Lewis (December 27)
  • PJ Washington (December 26)

Chicago Bulls

  • Marko Simonovic (December 29)

The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Dallas Mavericks

  • Kristaps Porzingis (January 3)
  • Isaiah Thomas (December 30)
  • Boban Marjanovic (December 29)
  • JaQuori McLaughlin (December 23)
  • Trey Burke (December 22)

Denver Nuggets

  • Monte Morris (December 31)
  • Jeff Green (December 30)
  • Bones Hyland (December 30)
  • Zeke Nnaji (December 30)

Detroit Pistons

  • Cory Joseph (December 26)
  • Isaiah Stewart (December 23)

Houston rockets

  • Armoni Brooks (January 2)
  • DeJon Jarreau (Dec. 30)

Indiana Pacers

  • Goga Bitadze (January 2)
  • Caris LeVert (January 2)
  • TJ Warren (January 2)
  • Kelan Martin (December 31)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (December 30)
  • Chris Duarte (December 30)
  • Isaiah Jackson (December 30)
  • Jeremy Lamb (December 29)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Luke Kennard (January 1)
  • Ivica Zubac (December 30)
  • Brandon Boston Jr. (December 29)

Memphis Grizzly

  • Kyle Anderson (January 2)
  • Shaq Buchanan (December 31)
  • Xavier Tillman (December 30)
  • John Konchar (December 28)
  • Dillon Brooks (December 26)
  • De’Anthony Melton (December 26)

miami heat

  • Marcus Garrett (December 30)
  • Duncan Robinson (December 30)
  • Max Strus (December 29)
  • PJ Tucker (December 29)
  • Gabe Vincent (December 29)
  • Udonis Haslem (December 28)

milwaukee dollars

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo (January 1)
  • Semi Ojeleye (December 30)

Minnesota Timber Wolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (December 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (December 23)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Tomas Satoransky (January 2)

New York Knicks

  • Mitchell Robinson (January 1)
  • Julius Randle (December 30)
  • Wayne Selden (December 28)
  • Jericho Sims (December 25)
  • Nerlens Noël (December 22)

Thunder of Oklahoma City

  • Tre Mann (December 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (December 27)
  • Darius Bazley (December 26)

Magic of Orlando

  • Markelle Fultz (January 1)
  • Robin Lopez (December 30)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Jaden Springer (January 2)
  • Myles Powell (December 30)

Phoenix Suns

  • JaVale McGee (December 30)
  • Abdel Nader (December 29)
  • Deandre Ayton (December 27)
  • Jae Crowder (December 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Cameron McGriff (January 2)
  • Brandon Williams (December 30)
  • Jusuf Nurkic (December 26)
  • Cody Zeller (December 26)

Kings of Sacramento

San Antonio Spurs

  • Doug McDermott (January 1)
  • Lonnie Walker (January 1)
  • Devontae Cacok (December 29)

Wizards of Washington

  • Anthony Gill (January 2)
  • Brad Wanamaker (December 31)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (December 30)
  • Rui Hachimura (December 28)
  • Montrezl Harrell (December 28)
  • Thomas Bryant (December 27)
  • Aaron’s Day (December 27)
  • Raul Neto (December 26)



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