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Five Nets in coronavirus protocols, Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker tests positive

Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker

MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 9: Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 9, 2021 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are facing coronavirus issues, with Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker testing positive and five Nets in the health-and-safety protocols.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Brooklyn will be without five players, including starters LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre’ Bembry, on Tuesday night because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Those two, along with Jevon Carter and James Johnson, were added to the injury report Tuesday morning for the Nets’ home game against the Raptors. Paul Millsap was placed in health and safety protocols on Monday.

It could leave the Nets with just 10 players available for their five-game homestand - though perhaps even fewer after they added Kevin Durant to the injury report with right ankle soreness.

The Nets have been playing short-handed all season after Kyrie Irving refused to get vaccinated, making him unable to play home games because of a New York vaccine mandate. The team decided not to let him play solely in road games.

The NBA postponed two Chicago Bulls games this week because 10 of their players were in health and safety protocols.