The Knicks have lost another player to COVID-19 protocols before a noon matinee vs. the Bucks.
RJ Barrett joins Obi Toppin in health and safety protocols following the Knicks’ loss in Toronto. The Knicks also announced Alec Burks is missing the game for personal reasons. Burks is expecting the birth of his child.
On their recent road trip, the Knicks played the Pacers Wednesday after which Indiana cancelled a practice when Indiana coach Rick Carlisle tested positive for COVID-19.
The Raptors had also cancelled a practice before their game vs. the Knicks for “abundance of caution.”
“Our medical staff has been on top of this from the beginning,” Tom Thibodeau said before Sunday’s game. “They have reminders everywhere. You just can’t let your guard down. Sometimes you do everything possible and it still happens. It’s our reality. We have to deal with it.”
Barrett and Toppin can return before 10 days if they submit two consecutive negative tests within 24 hours. That puts their status in doubt for Tuesday’s game against the Warriors.
Without Barrett and Burks, Thibodeau has another chance to reinsert Kemba Walker, who was banished from the rotation. Asked if it’s possible Walker gets in, Thibodeau said, “We’ll see. We’ll see how it unfolds.”
The Knicks have lost five of six games since Walker was demoted.