But now Bridges is out due to the NBA’s coronavirus protocols.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Hornets forward Miles Bridges is expected to miss 10-to-14 days due to health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Bridges is having a strong season, averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 4, 2021
Bridges didn’t necessarily test positive. However, 10-14 days is the standard timeline for someone who tests positive. If Bridges didn’t want people to believe he tested positive, whoever leaked this did him a disservice.
Charlotte (31-33) is eighth in the Eastern Conference – 2.5 games behind the seventh-place Celtics, 1.0 game ahead ahead of the ninth-place Pacers and 1.5 games ahead of the 10th-place Wizards. The Hornets are probably headed for the play-in tournament. But the play-in setup makes it substantially better to finish seventh than eighth than ninth than 10th.
With the play-in tournaments beginning in 14 days, Bridges could even miss part of the postseason – or at least be rusty for it.
Bridges has been starting for Gordon Hayward, who’s still out with a foot injury. Cody Martin is also out with an ankle injury. The Hornets are really running thin at forward. Expect more Jalen McDaniels, Caleb Martin and smaller three-guard lineups.