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Nets’ Goran Dragic out vs. Hawks, enters health and safety protocols

Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Goran Dragic #9 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center on March 27, 2022 in New York City. 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. Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 119-110. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The pandemic’s peak has passed (*knocks on wood*) but the coronavirus hasn’t gone away.

Nets backup point guard Goran Dragic has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and “doesn’t feel well,” coach Steve Nash said Saturday. Dragic is out vs. the Hawks and will miss more time as he recovers.

Hopefully Dragic recovers quickly. Dragic will be out until he can be both symptom free and produce a couple of consecutive negative tests, and with the first play-in games 10 days away Dragic may be out for those games.

Dragic has averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 assists, playing 25.5 minutes per game in the 16 games since signing with Brooklyn after being bought out by the Raptors.

With Kyrie Irving back full time (as long as the Nets don’t have to play in Toronto), they have good depth at the guard spot with Seth Curry and Patty Mills as well.