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Javonte Green tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Nets

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Javonte Green has entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is out for Saturday's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the Chicago Bulls confirmed through its injury report on Friday.

Bulls coach Billy Donovan confirmed Saturday that Green entered protocol with a positive test for COVID-19. Green traveled overnight by car from New York to Chicago between Friday and Saturday.

"I felt bad for him," Donovan told reporters in Brooklyn before Saturday's game. "[I've spoken with him] through text messaging. We missed each other on phone calls. He texted back, he said he's doing OK."

Green is the second Bulls player to test positive this week along with Coby White, who tested positive on Wednesday, Dec. 1, just before the team departed for its two-game New York road trip.

NBA protocols dictate that positive players spend 10 days away from their team unless they produce two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour span. Once negative tests are produced, players undergo cardiac screening before being cleared to return to play.

Bulls center Nikola Vučević, as an example, tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 11, was cleared for cardiac screening on Nov. 21 and returned to action on Nov. 24. He missed seven games.

"I think that's happening," Donovan said of the NBA adopting stricter protocols during the holiday season. "I think that the way it's moving right now it's getting a little bit more strict — and certainly for us right now it's a lot stricter because we've got two players right now that are positive."

 

Donovan confirmed after White's positive that the Bulls are continuing to undergo daily COVID-19 testing. In light of Thanksgiving, the NBA instituted daily testing for players across the league from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

The Bulls won the first game of their New York road swing on Thursday, 119-115 over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Green started and played 29 minutes in the contest, tallying four points and five rebounds.

Green, who has appeared in all 23 of the team's games and started 12, is the Bulls' regular starting power forward. He slid to the bench in favor of Alex Caruso when Vučević was sidelined, but returned to the front line when Vučević did.

Caruso, meanwhile, is a gametime decision against the Nets with a right hamstring strain. Donovan looped Troy Brown Jr. back into the rotation for nine minutes against the Knicks, but may need to dig even deeper without Green, and possibly Caruso, against Brooklyn.

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