Boston Celtics frontcourt players Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams face a seven-day quarantine and will miss Friday’s home game against the Washington Wizards.
The Celtics listed all three as out due to health and safety protocols, and in general, that triggers a seven-day quarantine according to the league’s health and safety protocols.
Their absence leaves the Celtics with just two available frontcourt players: forward-center Daniel Theis and center Tacko Fall, who has played just six minutes this season.
This situation, related to COVID-19 contact tracing, has played out multiple times already this season and is expected to continue throughout the season as the NBA adheres to stringent guidelines in an attempt to keep players and staff healthy while still playing games.
Tristan Thompson is headed to a seven-day quarantine. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
Focus is also on the Philadelphia 76ers. The team learned during its game Thursday against Brooklyn that guard Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19, and players and staff are in quarantine in New York. The Sixers are scheduled to play Denver in Philadelphia, and Brooklyn is scheduled to play Memphis on the road Friday.
The Chicago Bulls remain without four players – two who tested positive for COVID-19 and two out due to contact tracing. The Houston Rockets had players out for similar seasons at the start of the season and were not able to field enough players for their opener that was postponed. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant remains out but is expected back Sunday as long as he returns negative tests. He tested positive for coronavirus in March. Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. just finished a seven-day quarantine and now faces an additional quarantine.
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