Evan Fournier out vs. Thunder, enters COVID well being and security protocols

The standard suspects stay on as we speak’s Celtics’ harm report towards the Thunder. Tristan Thompson and Romeo Langford stay out whereas they navigate the league’s well being and security protocols. Kemba Walker will sit out his customary second recreation of a back-to-back after enjoying 31 minutes final evening and scoring 21 factors in a blowout of the Bucks. Semi Ojeleye will sit out his second straight recreation with a left facet pressure he suffered within the first recreation in Milwaukee after being hit with a blind display screen from Jrue Vacation.

The shock addition (or subtraction, relying in your perspective) is the newly acquired Evan Fournier. He’s out in Oklahoma Metropolis tonight, additionally as a result of NBA’s well being and security protocols. Yesterday, he was in Boston getting his bodily and was presumably en route to assist end out the Celtics four-game highway journey and play in his first recreation, however that can now have to attend.

When requested how lengthy Fournier’s quarantine could be, head coach Brad Stevens mentioned, “I don’t need to get into the main points as a result of I don’t know the solutions.”

For now, it’s unclear if Fournier examined constructive for COVID-19 or is out on account of contact tracing. If it’s the latter, publicity to COVID-19 implies that Fournier should take a look at negatively for seven days earlier than leaving quarantine. He may probably return subsequent Sunday when the Celtics host outdated buddies Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, Brad Wanamaker, and the Hornets. Coincidentally, Fournier was acquired utilizing the TPE generated from Hayward’s departure to Charlotte.

Fournier is having one of the best season of his nine-year profession, averaging 19.7 factors on 46.1% taking pictures from the sector and three.7 assists per recreation. The 27-year-old is about to turn out to be a free agent when his $17 million contract expires this summer season.

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