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Coronavirus: Celtics' Marcus Smart, two Lakers players test positive

Coronavirus: Celtics' Marcus Smart, two Lakers players test positive

Thursday wasn't a good day for NBA franchises and the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Shortly after the Philadelphia 76ers announced three members of their organization tested position for the coronavirus, the Boston Celtics said one of their players tested positive.

Roughly 10 minutes later, guard Marcus Smart revealed on Twitter that he was the Celtics player that contracted the coronavirus.

Around the same time Smart posted his video, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two of their players had tested positive.

Smart and the two Lakers players are showing no symptoms of COVID-19, are currently being quarantined and will be monitored by each team's medical staff.

The Lakers' diagnosis comes a few days after four Brooklyn Nets, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the coronavirus. The Lakers and Nets played on Tuesday, March 10, a day before the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season.

Just before 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, the Denver Nuggets announced that a member of their organization also tested positive.

The Nuggets, 76ers, Lakers and Celtics join the Nets, Utah Jazz (Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell) and Detroit Pistons (Christian Wood) as organizations that have had someone test positive for the coronavirus.

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No members of the Warriors or Kings have been tested for the coronavirus.

"We've been told that the testing is in short supply and we're treating ourselves like people," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Tuesday. "Which is what we are. We're not better than anybody, we're not worse, we're just a basketball team."

According to a statement issued by the Kings on March 13, no players are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.

NBA admits it blew crucial call in Kings' 103-102 loss vs. Celtics

NBA admits it blew crucial call in Kings' 103-102 loss vs. Celtics

It's getting tougher and tougher to blame Kings fans if they believe there's an NBA conspiracy against their favorite team.

No, this isn't about the 2002 Western Conference finals and the fix that most definitely was in.

Unfortunately for Sacramento, the officiating hasn't seemed to go their way in the current season, either. The Kings have lost two games by a single possession so far, and both outcomes might have been different if the officials hadn't blown a couple specific calls.

The day after the Kings lost 99-97 to the Lakers on Nov. 15, the NBA's Last Two-Minute report revealed that Los Angeles' LeBron James should have been called for an offensive foul for crashing into Harrison Barnes with 5.5 seconds remaining. Of course, in the game itself, the officials got it backward and called Barnes for a blocking foul. James made both of his resulting free throws, which proved to be the decisive points in the game.

Oh, but there's more.

In Sacramento's 103-102 loss to the Celtics on Monday, the Kings were on the wrong side of a wrong call once again.

Tuesday's Last Two-Minute Report stated that Boston's Marcus Smart should have been called for a traveling violation with 33 seconds remaining in the game. Instead, the refs missed it, and Smart banked in what would be the decisive basket.

Both instances came on the road for the Kings, so perhaps that explains the whistles, or lack thereof. Of course, the fact that the Lakers and Celtics -- the NBA's two darling franchises -- were the direct beneficiaries of the missed calls isn't going to quiet any conspiracy theories.

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Ultimately, there's nothing the Kings can do. They've done a tremendous job to get back into the thick of the Western Conference after losing their first five games and now sit at 7-9 on the season. But if you ask them, that record should be reversed.

NBA playoffs: Marcus Smart injury hurts chances of Warriors-Celtics Finals

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NBA playoffs: Marcus Smart injury hurts chances of Warriors-Celtics Finals

As recently as January, the Warriors were on record as viewing the Celtics as the most likely team to make it to the Finals out of the Eastern Conference. But after a recent development, Boston's chances of making it that far have taken a significant hit.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss at least the first two rounds of the playoffs with a torn oblique, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's a considerable loss for Boston, as Smart ranks fifth on the team with an average of 27.5 minutes per game this season. In addition to his 8.9 points and 4.0 assists per contest, Smart brings an intensity and toughness to the Celtics that they will certainly miss during his absence.

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As the East's fourth seed, Boston will face the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. That'll be the first step in what just became a much tougher path to the Finals. It remains to be seen if either the Celtics or Warriors will indeed make it that far, but at this point, you'd have to give one side a substantially greater chance of getting there than the other.