NBA COVID tracker: Celtics ‘Jayson Tatum, Warriors’ Draymond Green and Heat’s Kyle Lowry enter protocols


More than 100 players are currently in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and the slight increase in cases has led to several games postponed this month. The number rose to nine after the postponement of the league the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers, originally scheduled for Thursday, and the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors, originally scheduled for Wednesday. Brooklyn and Toronto are both facing epidemics and, even with reinforcements on 10-day contracts, have failed to meet the league-mandated minimum of eight available players.

In an attempt to limit postponements, the league and the National Basketball Players Association have reportedly agreed to new rules for signing replacement players, and both sides also agreed to temporarily stricter protocols that call for more testing and stricter mask requirements from December 26. to January 8, according to ESPN and athleticism.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum became the latest star player to enter Protocols on Monday. The Heat’s Kyle Lowry and the Warriors’ Draymond Green entered protocols over the holiday weekend. Last week, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks landed in Protocols.

James Harden is one of six Nets who recently cleared protocols. Heading into their Christmas Day game against the Lakers, however, they still had seven players in the protocols, including stars Kevin Durant and unvaccinated Kyrie Irving, who will join the squad when cleared but not. will not be permitted to play matches in New York or Toronto.

The Celtics, meanwhile, had nine players in protocols for their Christmas game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and recently licensed Al Horford missed that game so he could speed up his conditioning. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo were all available to play against Boston, having recently approved protocols.

Matches postponed from the 2021-22 season

The NBA and the NBPA have reportedly reached an agreement that will allow certain players (asymptomatic, non-infectious) to erase the protocols as soon as six days after having tested positive. According to old protocols, if a player tests positive for COVID-19, they must immediately self-isolate until 10 days have passed since that test or the onset of symptoms, or until they or negative on two PCR tests 24 hours apart.

Players who are not fully vaccinated should enter into health and safety protocols if they are found to be in close contact with someone who tests positive. As of December 17, players who haven’t received a recall have faced more stringent restrictions, including match-day testing.

Suns coach Monty Williams and Blazers coach Chauncey Billups entered protocols on Monday, joining Lakers coach Frank Vogel and Bulls coach Billy Donovan.

Toronto announced on December 15 that it would play its home games at 50% capacity, and the policy went into effect on December 18 against the Golden State Warriors. No other NBA team has taken such a step this season.

Below is a regularly updated, team by team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date they entered:

Actors of health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Jalen Johnson (December 26)
  • John Collins (December 26)
  • Wes Iwundu (December 24)
  • Sharife Cooper (December 23)
  • Kevin Huerter (December 22)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (December 22)
  • Lou Williams (December 22)
  • Danilo Gallinari (December 21)

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum (December 27)
  • Dennis Schroder (December 25)
  • Bruno Fernando (December 24)
  • Justin Jackson (December 24)
  • CJ Miles (December 24)
  • Aaron Nesmith (December 24)
  • Enes Kanter Liberté (December 23)
  • Josh Richardson (December 19)
  • Sam Hauser (December 17)

brooklyn nets

  • Kessler Edwards (December 23)
  • Cam Thomas (December 23)
  • David Duke Jr. (December 23)
  • Kevin Durant (December 18)
  • Kyrie Irving (December 18)
  • Day’Ron Sharpe (December 18)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (December 14)

Charlotte hornets

  • Miles Bridges (December 26)
  • PJ Washington (December 26)
  • Cody Martin (December 19)

Chicago Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Ed Davis (December 21)
  • Jarrett Allen (December 19)
  • RJ Nembhard (December 19)
  • Lamar Stevens (December 19)
  • Denzel Valentine (December 19)
  • Dylan Windler (December 19)
  • Evan Mobley (December 18)
  • Isaac Okoro (December 16)

The Dallas Mavericks

  • Luka Doncic (December 22)
  • Trey Burke (December 22)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (December 21)
  • Maxi Kléber (20 dec.)
  • Reggie Bullock (December 18)

Denver Nuggets

  • Bol Bol (Dec 17)
  • Michael Porter Jr. (December 17)

Detroit Pistons

  • Killian Hayes (December 23)
  • Saben Lee (December 23)
  • Rodney McGruder (December 23)
  • Isaiah Stewart (December 23)
  • Cade Cunningham (December 22)

Warriors of the Golden State

  • Draymond Green (December 26)
  • Moïse Moody (December 24)
  • Damion Lee (December 22)

Houston rockets

  • KJ Martin (December 27)
  • Jae’Sean Tate (December 27)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Reggie Jackson (December 22)
  • Marcus Morris Sr. (December 18)

the Los Angeles Lakers

  • Rajon Rondo (December 26)
  • Trevor Ariza (December 23)
  • Kent Bazemore (December 19)
  • Austin Reaves (December 17)

Memphis Grizzly

  • Jarrett Culver (December 23)
  • Ziaire Williams (December 19)

miami heat

milwaukee dollars

  • JaQuori McLaughlin (December 23)

Minnesota Timber Wolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (December 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (December 23)
  • McKinley Wright IV (December 23)
  • Patrick Beverley (December 20)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (December 20)
  • Josh Okogie (December 19)
  • Anthony Edwards (December 17)
  • Prince Taurus (December 17)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (December 23)
  • Naji Marshall (December 23)

New York Knicks

  • Jericho Sims (December 25)
  • Nerlens Noël (December 22)
  • Miles McBride (December 18)

Thunder of Oklahoma City

  • Alexej Pokusevski (December 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (December 27)
  • Aaron Wiggins (December 27)

Magic of Orlando

  • Mychal Mulder (December 22)
  • Mo Bamba (December 17)
  • Terrence Ross (December 17)
  • Moe Wagner (December 17)
  • Ignas Brazdeikis (December 16)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Danny Green (December 22)
  • André Drummond (December 19)
  • Shake Milton (December 19)
  • Georges Niang (December 15)

Phoenix Suns

  • Deandre Ayton (December 27)
  • Jae Crowder (December 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Jusuf Nurkic (December 26)
  • Cody Zeller (December 26)
  • Robert Covington (December 25)
  • Ben McLemore (December 25)
  • Keljin Blevins (December 25)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (December 24)
  • Trendon Watford (December 24)

Kings of Sacramento

  • Neemias Queta (December 21)
  • Davion Mitchell (December 17)
  • De’Aaron Fox (December 16)
  • Louis King (December 16)
  • Alex Len (December 16)
  • Marvin Bagley III (December 15)
  • Terence Davis (December 15)

San Antonio Spurs

  • Dejounte Murray (December 26)

Toronto Raptors

  • OG Anunoby (December 22)
  • Fred VanVleet (December 21)
  • Precious Achiuwa (December 21)
  • Scottie Barnes (December 21)
  • Malachie Flynn (December 21)
  • Gary Trent Jr. (December 20)
  • Dalano Banton (Dec 18)
  • Pascal Siakam (Dec 18)

Wizards of Washington

  • Bradley Beal (December 23)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pape (December 21)


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