On Wednesday, the audience watching ESPN’s broadcast of the Pelicans Clippers game at the Staples Center was denied a view of Zion vs. Kawhi. The young New Orleans superstar was banned – and confined to his hotel room – after his coronavirus test was inconclusive.
That left the Pelicans without Williamson, who in his second NBA season averaged 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 55.7 percent strong numbers – and two other starters: Guards Lonzo Ball (bilateral knee dinopathy ) and Eric Bledsoe (right eye irritation).
But while the number of missing pieces on his team did not meet NBA standards for delay – which happened Monday when the Pelicans game against Dallas was postponed because four Mavericks players tested positive for COVID-19 Failed, Pelicans trainer, Stan Van Gundy was in no mood to complain.
Instead, the New Orleans coach focused on the dire situation in the US, where coronavirus continues to devastate the population – including LA County, where Health Department officials reported 14,564 new cases and 281 new deaths on Wednesday.
« I don’t think they like it when someone is out, especially not someone of Zion’s stature, » Van Gundy replied when asked if the NBA could do something different to avoid players playing miss because of ambiguous results.
“If you could avoid it, you would. And look, the league that they have their protocols in and they go ahead and they adjusted them several times and obviously tightened some of the rules a few days ago so things keep changing as this thing goes on.
« Look, we just need to understand where we are … it’s a deadly pandemic, » Van Gundy continued, nodding at Tuesday’s US record of 4,327 deaths, the most common one day since the pandemic began. according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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« So we’ll go into whatever we have to do to play an NBA basketball game, but that’s not important in this pandemic. » I’m not saying the game isn’t important, it’s important to all of us. But when we talk about COVID it is important that we stop the spread as best we can. (More than four thousand) people died of COVID in one day in this country yesterday. This is serious stuff. And we have to prevent the spread as much as possible, and if things like that help prevent the spread – I don’t know if it does – but if it does, that’s fine. «
The Clippers had their entire arsenal at their disposal on Wednesday, including the Ivica Zubac center, which had been classified as questionable because of abdominal pain.
« Actually we’re going to warm up and loosen up and see how he feels, » said Lue shortly after the 7-footer left the field of play where he went through his normal warm-up movements.
« We don’t really know what happened, » added Lue. “He felt great after the game. The next day, the day off, he felt great. And then that night it just hurt so I just tried to keep an eye on him. »
FWIW – Your type Ivica Zubac (questionable: stomach ache) works out here in midfield before the Clippers game against Nola. pic.twitter.com/sVTWtgrNpB
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