Clippers wait, wonder and implement social distancing protocols

first_img“So.. are we all not gonna get tested or what?” Clippers forward Patrick Patterson asked via a tweet.As the Clippers hunkered down and monitored the ever-fluid situation caused by the growing coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, waiting for more information from the league and medical professionals, Patterson’s question stemmed from testing administered to Rudy Gobert and the other members of the Utah Jazz.After exhibiting symptoms that led him to be tested on Wednesday, the All-Star center was diagnosed that evening as being positive for the coronavirus. Shortly thereafter, the NBA called off Utah’s game in Oklahoma City and then suspended the entire season indefinitely and Oklahoma health officials proceeded to administer tests to all of Gobert’s teammates and members of the team’s traveling party, almost 60 people in all.According to the team, those tests yielded one positive result, reported by ESPN to be All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell confirmed it on Instagram with a post that read, in part: “We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well-being of those around them.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime The Clippers – who were considered title favorites by many after bringing aboard All-Star wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason – have the second-best record in the Western Conference at 44-20, with 18 regular-season games remaining.On Thursday evening, the team issued a statement directed to those who had planned to attend those remaining games: “Tickets purchased from the L.A. Clippers for postponed games will be honored if and when the games are rescheduled. If the games are not played or played without spectators in attendance, ticket buyers will be refunded.”Without Friday’s basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets to prepare for, Clippers coach Doc Rivers shared some perspective in the form of a post by Rich Kleiman – Kevin Durant’s business partner – on Instagram. It read, in part: “It’s not the end of the world, but it’s scary and unprecedented times. We have to all dig deep for the strength and leadership for ourselves and our families. We are part of history now, for good and bad … let’s find the strength we all do have. All we got is us!” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Gobert, who reportedly was cavalier in his interactions with those around him in recent days, also weighed in on the social media platform: “The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously.”The Clippers certainly are doing that. In conjunction with the NBA, Staples Center and government officials, team and staff members were implementing social distancing protocols on Thursday, when the team’s business office was closed and staff worked remotely.Related Articles Because the Clippers had not faced the Jazz since they lost to them 120-107 on Dec. 28 at Staples Center, they were not among the five teams – all of which had games against Utah in the past 10 days – that reportedly were instructed by the NBA to self-quarantine.Nonetheless, some members of the squad were stocking up on supplies Wednesday: ESPN’s Dave McMenamin spotted forward JaMychal Green in line at a grocery store and Patterson posted a photo on Instagram of empty “household paper” shelves in a store, with a caption noting that the situation “is real out here. Done took all the toilet paper!”With the league reportedly telling teams that a 30-day-long wait was its “aspirational timeline” before it might return to play, according to reporting from the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur, the Clippers also found themselves taking a wait-and-see approach in the midst of a season with historic promise.last_img read more