La variant Omicron of coronavirus has landed hard in the NBA and begins to affect the games and teams of a league that does not seem to have the in
La variant Omicron of coronavirus has landed hard in the NBA and begins to affect the games and teams of a league that does not seem to have the intention of stopping before the outbreak that affects several of the league’s teams such as the Brooklyn nets, who had to resort to extension and a titanic Kevin Durant to surpass the Toronto raptors for 131-129.
New Yorkers faced the shock with only eight players available – the minimum required by the NBA – after the team confirmed the absences of James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre ‘Bembry, Jevon Carter, James Johnson and Paul Millsap when entering the health and safety protocols derived by COVID and that has become a general trend in most of the NBA franchises.
The Lakers they have announced the low of Talen Horton-Tucker , which adds to Dwight Howard and Malik Monk, Giannis Antetokounmpo will cancel at least one match after entering the protocols, the Bulls they have 10 players withdrawn and two games suspended … and so on in a trend that is becoming more and more general in the league.
A NBA that right now it has 36 players in the security protocols and that it will have to start considering more restrictive measures and go back to more severe protocols if you don’t want things to get even more out of control. A small stop could even be considered until this new rally begins to decline. However, with christmas day parties on the horizon and what this means for televisions and their contracts, the option to stop does not seem likely.
The coronavirus has staggered the current kings of the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets, but still has not been able to with a Kevin Durant that he had to multiply his efforts so that his team did not notice the seven casualties with which he faced the game against the Raptors. The forward added a new triple-double (34 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) and keeps New Yorkers on top, proving enough and too much to sustain these Nets.
- Nets 131-129 Raptors
- Knicks 96-105 Warriors
- Trail Blazers 107-111 Suns
Tom thibodeau he has lost the ‘mojo’ that restored the illusion to Madison fans last season. The veteran technician does not hit the key this course and his team begins to remember dangerously those Knicks who not so long ago roamed the desert of the league without signs of identity, without intensity and without competing in games. With his stumble against the Warriors the New Yorkers accumulate eight losses in the last 10 games and they are even out of the play-in positions. At least this time they have the excuse of Curry’s record as the reason for the defeat and the consolation of the great second part of Julius Randle which can invite optimism.
Another team that goes through its lowest hours in recent seasons are the Portland Trail Blazers. Those of Oregon are mired in an internal crisis of game and results that has led them to accumulate nine defeats in the last 10 games after falling to the Phoenix Suns. A game in which Chauncey Billups showed their face (especially Lillard with 31 points) but in which they ended up kneeling before one of the best teams in the NBA.