Marcus Smart Tests Positive For Coronavirus

7:04pm: Smart said he was tested five days ago and received the result on Thursday night, he tweets. He currently has no symptoms, feels “great” and is thankful he has self-quarantined since the test.

6:52pm: A Celtics player has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a team press release (Twitter link). Guard Marcus Smart has announced he is the player who tested positive, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.

According to the statement, “The Boston Celtics learned today that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case. The Celtics player, who is not exhibiting symptoms, has been in isolation for several days and will continue to do so while being monitored by team medical staff.

The team is awaiting further testing results and will communicate them as appropriate. Taking steps to maintain the health and safety of everyone in our organization and across the NBA remains our top priority, and we will continue to work closely with health officials and the league in addressing this situation.”

This bring the total of NBA players and personnel who have tested positive to 14. That group includes at least 10 players: The Jazz duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Pistons big man Christian Wood, former MVP Kevin Durant and three other unidentified Nets players, two unnamed Lakers players and Smart. In addition, three members of the Sixers organization and a member of the Nuggets organization have tested positive.

During the month of March, Boston faced Brooklyn, Cleveland, Utah, Oklahoma City and Indiana.

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11 thoughts on “Marcus Smart Tests Positive For Coronavirus

  1. PapiElf

    Are they just going to test the entire NBA? Eventually, there will be so many connections that every team could easily be infected.

  2. Jeff Zanghi

    wow the NBA is having a shocking amount of players test positive for corona… I wonder if it’s because of the close proximity of players and that Gobert started off a chain reaction or if it’s just because they’re all being tested and if everyone were being tested the numbers would be similar across the board.

    • hiflew

      It makes sense if you think about it. The NBA players travel constantly and sit on a bench directly in front of many people. Plus the players are from many different countries and have contact with their families, such as Gobert. They are really the perfect breeding ground for a contagious virus such as this. It’s a big reason why I am not mad about them getting tested so easily. They are far more likely to have it regardless of whether it is deadly to them or not. To contain the spread, you have to identify the carriers first.

    • x%sure

      The estimate is that about 40% of Americans will contract it. They won’t all know they had that or something else.

      • The reality is the disease is amazingly contagious. It’s also far less deadly than many think. The mortality rate is elevated because only those who are the sickest and at highest risk are tested. That so many in the NBA are testing positive is very telling in the nature of the disease. It’s highly likely that that there are many sick without knowing it right now.

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