Editor’s note: This story has been updated.
The rising wave of coronavirus-related NBA affected the Mavericks on Friday, when two sources said one player was positive for COVID-19 and two others were to be quarantined to track contacts.
All three players, sources said, remained in Denver while the rest of the players and team returned to Dallas on the team plane.
The Mavericks are scheduled to host Orlando on Saturday night. Although sources claim that the two quarantine Mavericks were tested negative for coronavirus, NBA protocols stipulate that players remain in quarantine for at least seven days.
He can confirm that @ShamsCharania reports that 3 Mavs must stay in Denver. “One positive, two for safety protocols,”; said a Mavs source.
– Brad Townsend (@townbrad) January 8, 2021
Although the Mavericks did not reveal the identities of the players who remained in Denver on Friday afternoon, star guard Luka Doncic does not appear to be one of them, based on an Instagram video he posted from the team’s plane.
The NBA season began on December 22 and the games remain uninterrupted, although the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is increasing. In recent days, however, many teams have had problems with the virus.
On Monday, it was revealed that Nets star Kevin Durand is facing a seven-day quarantine period due to exposure to someone who has tested positive for the virus.
It was announced on Thursday that the Philadelphia goalkeeper and former Maverick Seth Curry have tested positive for COVID-19 and that many teammates will miss matches due to contact tracking.
Also Thursday, the Mavericks’ opponent on Thursday night, Denver, learned that Michael Porter Jr., who has already missed four games, will remain in the health and safety protocol in the league indefinitely.
And before the Mavericks’ revelations on Friday, the Boston Celtics learned that the Robert Williams III Center was positive for COVID-19 and that front-line colleagues Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson would miss the time they were quarantined.
Ahead of Mavericks’ victory on Thursday night in overtime against the Nuggets, coach Rick Carlisle discussed the difficulties of trying to create, in fact, a bubble while following the 134-page safety and security protocols that were distributed to all 30 teams before training camps.
Asking Carlisle, a reporter described COVID-19 as intermittent.
“I think the fickle is kind,” Carlisle said. “It’s much worse than just fickle.
“Part of the medical protocols and the performance of 24-hour tests and rapid tests is that if someone does a positive test, there is a period of a little more than 24 hours when there is an incubation period. And for the first 24 hours, it is believed that the person who contracted it is not infected.
“The system allows a positive test to be withdrawn from the quarantine group to obtain a new test that has been positive. For all this to work, you need to follow the details of the daily protocols. “
Carlisle said the Mavericks have the best medical / training staff in the NBA, led by Health and Performance Director Casey Smith, head athletics coach Dion Calhoun and assistant athletics coach Heather Mau.
“We just have to stay steadfast and understand that there are no guarantees,” Carlisle said. “When you try to create a traveling bubble, which we do as a league, there are certainly more variables. But the hope is that if someone still passes a positive test, they can be withdrawn from the group and you can move on from there. “
This happened to Maverick on Friday, and as a result, two others went into quarantine. Now the Mavericks and other NBA teams will prepare for everything that follows.
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