You can’t be blamed if you struggle to keep up with the Atlanta Hawks injury report. I cover the team and it’s a daily fight. Trae Young was the first player to test positive for COVID-19 before 12 other players followed suit.
No other team has signed as many players on tough 10-day contracts as the Hawks. In fact, they hit the bizarre record for the biggest roster in league history. So let’s see who in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and who has been cleared.
Hawks head coach Nate McMillan joined the growing list of coaches testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. McMillan once missed a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this season out of caution after his son got into protocols.
A day after playing against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day, “John the Baptist” was one of two players to test positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, both players are expected to be eliminated this week.
Rookie Jalen Johnson was the other player to test positive for COVID-19 after the Knicks game. Johnson had spent most of his time at College Park with the SkyHawks, but when duty called him he left with the Hawks. Unfortunately, this resulted in him being infected.
Shortly after returning from an ankle injury, Bogdan Bogdanovic was one of three players to test positive for COVID-19 on December 28. “Bogi” missed a lot of time throughout his season and a half in Atlanta due to bad luck.
Gorgui Dieng entered into protocols with Bogdanovic. The backup great man has played great minutes for the Hawks this season, and his absence couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Shortly after signing a tough 10-day contract, Malik Ellison was the third Hawks player to test positive for COVID-19 on December 28. We hate it for Ellison because those kinds of opportunities don’t come around very often. Hopefully we’ll see Ellison on the field with the Hawks soon.
Players excluded from health and safety protocols
Sharife Cooper, Kevin Huerter, Onyeka Okongwu, Delon Wright, Timothe Luwawau-Cabarrot all received the good news on January 1st. Essentially, the entire Hawks second channel was cleared to play yesterday. Sure, there will be some rust after missing a few games, but they should get back into shape soon.
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