1) NBA, players union agree to increased testing, mask wearing
The coronavirus has been kicking the NBA’s ass.
With 40 players in NBA health and safety protocols right now – including star players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook who potentially will miss the Christmas Day showcase – plus games being postponed, the NBA turned back the clock. The hope is to catch a player or staff member who gets a breakthrough case before it spreads through a team.
Big men Blake Griffin and Nic Claxton each added 17 points for the Nets, who had just nine players available due to injuries, COVID protocols, and whatever you want to say is going on with Kyrie Irving.