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Lakers nix practice, place 3 in COVID protocols

Lakers nix practice, place 3 in COVID protocols

STILL ROLLING. The Lakers take on the Mavericks next.

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The Lakers kick off a three-game road swing with several players expected to miss multiple games

The Los Angeles Lakers canceled practice on Tuesday, December 14, due to health and safety protocols after guard Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive for COVID-19.

Later Tuesday evening, center Dwight Howard and guard Malik Monk also were placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. They will join Horton-Tucker in being unavailable Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) for a road game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Lakers still were scheduled to fly to Dallas late Tuesday after all players underwent two COVID-19 tests –  rapid and PCR – ahead of the trip, ESPN reported. 

A fresh wave of positive COVID-19 tests hit as a growing list of high-profile NBA players entered the league’s health protocol, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden.

Los Angeles is due to kick off a three-game road swing against the Mavericks.

The team also announced that center Anthony Davis is questionable for the Wednesday contest because of left knee soreness.

Horton-Tucker, 21, is expected to miss multiple games. He is averaging 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 15 games (12 starts) this season.

Howard, 36, is contributing 5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 25 contests (three starts) this season.

Monk, 23, is putting up 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per outing in 28 games (two starts).

The Lakers last played on Sunday, a 106-94 win over the Orlando Magic. –