Nets ruled out four players over COVID-19 health and safety protocols

The Brooklyn Nets ruled out four players over COVID-19 health and safety protocols Tuesday morning for Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

The Nets now have five players out due to those protocols after starting center LaMarcus Aldridge, starting forward DeAndre ‘Bembry, power forward James Johnson and point guard Jevon Carter were added to the injury report Tuesday. They join veteran forward Paul Millsap, who was ruled out Monday under protocols.

Shortly after ruling out those four players Tuesday, the Nets added star forward Kevin Durant to the injury report as questionable to play against Toronto due to right ankle pain.

The Nets will face the Raptors without five players starting Tuesday morning. Forward Joe Harris (ankle surgery) and point guard Kyrie Irving (who is not with the team) were already out. Durant is coming off scoring 51 points in Detroit on Sunday, the NBA season high, the Nets will need him and James Harden, who did not play in that win over Detroit, to rest.

The entry of the five Nets players into health and safety protocols comes 10 days after Brooklyn faced the Chicago Bulls on December 4. The Bulls were just beginning a streak in which their roster has been decimated by a COVID-19 outbreak.

Chicago postponed its games against Detroit and Toronto, the first games this season to be postponed. Chicago has had Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Troy Brown Jr., Coby White, Javonte Green, Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, and Alize Johnson, on protocols.
Including its two-way players, Brooklyn has 10 players available for Tuesday night’s game against Toronto and could get relief from an additional three players for the difficulties, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.