Paschall out for Warriors vs. Pacers due to COVID protocols


Warriors forward Eric Paschall is entering the NBA's health and safety protocols, and will miss Tuesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed the news before the game but said he doesn't anticipate Paschall will miss much time.

The news of Paschall's absence was first reported by The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

Paschall himself tweeted a simple GIF that clearly expresses his frustration with not being able to play.

The NBA's protocols state that any player who tests positive for COVID-19 must go 10 days since either the first test or the first sign of symptoms, or test negative twice in a 24-hour period. Any player in close contact with someone who tested positive will go through contract tracing, resulting in seven days of quarantine and testing negative before returning.

It is unclear if Paschall tested positive or is entering protocol after being deemed in close contact with a positive case.

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Paschall, 24, has seen significant time in the Warriors' second unit after center Marquese Chriss suffered a season-ending leg injury. He's averaging 12.1 points per game, and has asserted himself as a pivotal "small-ball center" in Chriss' absence.

Paschall's entry into league protocols comes during a time when the NBA is seeing a substantial number in outbreaks around the league. Multiple teams already have been impacted, including the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. On Saturday, the 76ers suited up just seven players against the Denver Nuggets, as a combination of positive COVID-19 results (including Seth Curry) and injuries ransacked their roster.


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