It looks like the Charlotte Hornets won’t be complete until 2022.
Miles Bridges and PJ Washington are out for Monday’s game against Houston due to NBA health and safety protocols and their absence will likely continue this coming weekend. They join Cody Martin, absent since last Sunday in Phoenix.
Charlotte’s home game on Monday night will be her first since a five-game road trip that began nearly two weeks ago.
This is the third time in seven months that Bridges has been absent due to health and safety protocols. He missed six games at the end of last season when the Hornets were in the midst of their playoff push, which ultimately hurt given how he was playing before landing on the roster. Charlotte went 2-4 without him and lost her grip on eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff table, finishing 10th and losing to ninth-seeded Indiana in the playoff tournament. in.
Bridges, along with Washington, also had to be absent from part of USA Select basketball camp in July after testing positive for COVID-19. The two were among 17 players who trained daily with the Olympic team in Las Vegas.
Bridges are otherwise as durable as they come, playing in all 37 Hornets games and averaging 19.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season.
Washington has just won one of its best games of the season, helping the Hornets end their trip with a spirited victory in Denver. Losing him further depletes a bench that was already thin thanks to Martin who missed the last three games. Without him, it could mean more minutes at the save center for sophomore big man Nick Richards and exacerbate an issue inside the Hornets that has yet to be resolved. Coach James Borrego could also decide to cut back on occasion and insert Jalen McDaniels up front.
Unless things change this week, Bridges and Washington will likely be sidelined for at least 10 days for the mandatory quarantine period, unless they recorded two negative PCR tests within 24 hours. . Considering all the extra interactions with friends and family over the holidays, the NBA started increasing daily testing on Sunday. Apparently, the league and the players’ association are in talks to reduce the quarantine time to six days.
If that were to happen this week, it would allow Martin, Bridges and Washington to return sooner than expected. A rule change could see Martin return ahead of their Wednesday game in Indiana, and Bridges and Washington on track to join their teammates for their game against Phoenix on Sunday.
Bridges and Washington mark the ninth Hornets members to be placed in protocols since the start of the preseason. Besides Martin, others who ran out of time include Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Mason Plumlee, Ish Smith and McDaniels.
This story was originally published 26 December 2021 17:09.