Five Nets in coronavirus protocols, Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker tests positive

Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker
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NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are facing coronavirus issues, with Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker testing positive and five Nets in the health-and-safety protocols.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Brooklyn will be without five players, including starters LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre' Bembry, on Tuesday night because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Those two, along with Jevon Carter and James Johnson, were added to the injury report Tuesday morning for the Nets’ home game against the Raptors. Paul Millsap was placed in health and safety protocols on Monday.

It could leave the Nets with just 10 players available for their five-game homestand – though perhaps even fewer after they added Kevin Durant to the injury report with right ankle soreness.

The Nets have been playing short-handed all season after Kyrie Irving refused to get vaccinated, making him unable to play home games because of a New York vaccine mandate. The team decided not to let him play solely in road games.

The NBA postponed two Chicago Bulls games this week because 10 of their players were in health and safety protocols.