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Lakers add Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley to COVID protocols

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Lakers add Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley to COVID protocols

KEY LOSS. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook argues a call in a recent game.

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Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley bring the Lakers' total to five players now in COVID-19 protocols

The Los Angeles Lakers will not have their starting backcourt on the floor Friday night, December 17 (Saturday, December 18, Manila time) against the Minnesota Timberwolves after Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley were placed into COVID-19 protocols Thursday.

The duo brings the Lakers’ total to five players now in protocols, along with Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, and Malik Monk.

The Lakers canceled practice in the Los Angeles area Tuesday, in advance of their trip to face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Horton-Tucker and Howard did not travel with the team to Dallas. Monk was on the trip but did not play in Los Angeles’ 107-104 overtime victory.

Westbrook scored 23 points with 10 rebounds and 9 assists in Wednesday’s game, while Bradley had 5 points and 2 assists in 24 minutes.

Westbrook, 33, has averaged 19.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in his first season with the Lakers, while Bradley, 31, has averaged 5.8 points this season in his second stint with the Lakers.

The Lakers added to their roster Thursday, signing veteran guard Isaiah Thomas from the G League’s Grand Rapids Gold.

Thomas, 32, played three games with the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this season and has averaged 18.1 points and 4.9 assists over 10 seasons with eight different teams, including the Lakers for 17 games in the 2017-2018 season. – Rappler.com