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Hawks place 2 more into protocols, total reaches 9

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Hawks place 2 more into protocols, total reaches 9

VIRUS-STRICKEN. Trae Young and the Hawks have been hit hard by COVID-19.

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Barring any players returning in advance of their Christmas Day game against the Knicks, the Hawks will be barely recognizable on the court

The Atlanta Hawks’ COVID-19 problems continued Friday, December 24 (Saturday, December 25, Manila time) as the team put Wesley Iwundu and Onyeka Okongwu into health and safety protocols, bringing the team’s total to nine players out for virus-related reasons.

Barring any players returning Saturday in advance of their Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks, the Hawks will be barely recognizable on the court.

Atlanta had seven players missing Thursday and still earned a 98-96 road victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Okongwu had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory, while Iwundu had 2 points and 5 rebounds.

Those players now join Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Lou Williams, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, Sharife Cooper, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on the COVID-19 list.

Multiple reports have indicated that Young, who has a team-leading 27.3 points per game, is not expected to emerge from protocols prior to Saturday’s game. – Rappler.com