NBA COVID-19 health and safety protocols tracker: Bulls have two games postponed with 10 players sidelined


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COVID-19 is once again impacting the current NBA season. A plethora of players from across the league’s landscape have been forced to miss time as a result of being placed in the league’s health and safety protocols after returning a positive test. After a player tests positive, he must isolate away from the team for 10 days or return two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour period before they can get back to action. 

The Chicago Bulls are dealing with the most widespread outbreak. On Monday, the NBA announced the postponement of two Bulls games this week, marking the first time games in the 2021-22 season have been rescheduled due to COVID. Chicago has 10 players in protocol as of Monday, including stars Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. 

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Grizzlies star Ja Morant entered the protocols despite already being out indefinitely with a knee sprain. Also joining the list is Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle as well as Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri, who had tested positive for COVID. He caught the virus at a Giants of Africa event on Sunday, he said in a statement. Ujiri is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot, but will still be following the league’s protocols and quarantining. 

It can be a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a list of all the players currently in the NBA’s protocols, along with how long they’re expected to be out. 

Talen Horton-Tucker, Los Angeles Lakers — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 25Malik Monk, Los Angeles Lakers — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 25Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 24Wes Matthews, Milwaukee Bucks — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 24Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks –Expected to be out until at least Dec. 24James Harden, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to. be out until at least Dec. 24Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 24LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23DeAndre’ Bembry, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23Jevon Carter, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23James Johnson, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23Paul Millsap, Brooklyn Nets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23Alize Johnson, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 23Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 22Troy Brown Jr., Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 22Caleb Martin, Miami Heat — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 22Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15RJ Barrett, New York Knicks — Out for Sunday’s game vs. Milwaukee BucksObi Toppin, New York Knicks — Out for Sunday’s game vs. Milwaukee BucksJosh Richardson, Boston Celtics — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 22Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 21Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 21Stanley Johnson, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 21Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies — Already sidelined indefinitely with left knee sprainDeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 16LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15
Ish Smith, Charlotte Hornets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15
Mason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15 Jalen McDaniels, Charlotte Hornets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 15 Coby White, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 14
Javonte Green, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 14Austin Rivers, Denver Nuggets — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 8
Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 10
Matt Thomas, Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 18Derrick Jones Jr., Chicago Bulls — Expected to be out until at least Dec. 20



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