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If you're thinking of pushing the envelope in the NBA bubble, you'd better keep your head on a swivel.

In efforts to reinforce its strict safety protocols for the 2020 season restart in Orlando, the NBA has set up an anonymous tip hotline for players, coaches and staffers to report possible violations.

This "snitch line" (to use the colloquial term) has already received multiple tips, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. So far, those tips have only resulted in warnings. But what happens if players get busted more than once?

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart apparently had that scenario on his mind Friday when he logged onto Twitter.

That appears to be a screenshot from "Call of Duty: Warzone," a popular video game which many NBA players are likely playing during their downtime in the bubble.

No word from NBA commissioner Adam Silver on if he actually sends his players to a creepy, abandoned bathroom that Smart jokingly said belongs to Celtics teammate Daniel Theis.

That's cold, Marcus.

Jokes aside, the "snitch line" appears to be a hot topic among NBA players in the bubble. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert called the anonymous tip line "petty," while Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie actually urged players not to use it.

 

The NBA is doing everything it can to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the bubble, though, and perhaps the mere presence of the "snitch line" will reinforce good habits like players wearing masks and staying at least six feet apart.

As for Smart: The Celtics guard contracted COVID-19 back in March and is well aware of its risks, so he's taking extra precautions in the bubble to avoid landing in "Theis' bathroom."

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