Both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers have experienced a bombardment of COVID cases over the past few weeks. Figuring out who can and can't play in Sunday's matchup is a confusing task, so this guide aims to simplify it.
Overall, the NBA has experienced a great deal of COVID cases, resulting in enhanced protocols. Beyond the contests that had to be postponed, including the Bulls' Tuesday and Thursday games this past week, tip-off of today's game moved from 2:30 to 7:00 PM CST. Luckily, it seems as though things are starting to get back on track. Tonight’s Bulls vs. Lakers game will feature some players returning for their respective teams.
The Bulls haven’t had any positive COVID tests since December 13. With the return of DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green, and Coby White, the Bulls finally have a more formidable starting lineup than the group that took the court in their last game.
However, there are still six players unable to suit up for Chicago tonight.
Players in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
- Zach LaVine, guard
- Matt Thomas, guard
- Troy Brown Jr., forward
- Ayo Dosunmu, guard
- Alize Johnson, forward
- Stanley Johnson, forward
On the other hand, the Lakers are still experiencing daily COVID cases. Kent Bazemore and head coach Frank Vogel are the most recent absentees. Russell Westbrook previously entered protocols but was available for Los Angeles this weekend. Additionally, the Lakers had one notable signing. They used their hardship exception to bring in Isaiah Thomas.
Nevertheless, here's who won't be available on Sunday.
Personnel in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
- Austin Reaves, guard
- Malik Monk, guard
- Avery Bradley, guard
- Talen Horton-Tucker, guard
- Dwight Howard, center
- Kendrick Nunn, guard (also has a bone bruise)
- Kent Bazemore, guard
- Frank Vogel, head coach
- Anthony Davis, forward/center (MCL sprain in left knee)