Eastern Notes: Boucher, Aminu, Heat, Celtics

Raptors forward Chris Boucher has apologized on social media for violating the team’s self-quarantine mandate, Blake Murphy of The Athletic tweets. Boucher was spotted grocery shopping in Toronto. The Raptors were asked to isolate themselves after playing the Jazz last Monday, two nights before Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player known to contract the coronavirus.

We have more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu might be able to play if and when the season restarts, Josh Robbins of The Athletic speculates. Aminu underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee on January 7 and he was not wearing a brace last week, Robbins notes. Forward Jonathan Isaac, who injured his knee in early January, was still wearing a brace and would be less likely to return, Robbins adds.
  • With the stoppage in place, the Heat are back in the luxury tax with no viable options to change that status before season’s end, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes. Miami appears resigned to accepting the tax as part of its 2019/20 payroll, having bypassed opportunities to get below the tax at the trade deadline and the March 1 buyout deadline, Winderman adds.
  • The Celtics will pay team-employed game night staff through the end of the regularly scheduled season, Jay King of The Athletic tweets. They have no current plan to help out the employees of TD Garden who work their games regularly, as they don’t own the arena, King adds.
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5 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Boucher, Aminu, Heat, Celtics

  1. hiflew

    A man has to apologize for grocery shopping. What a world in which we live in 2020.

    • El Don

      I know, right? Sooo stupid! So the idea is that he starves for 2 weeks, or maybe he sends a servant or relative to do his shopping & then they get it & pass it to him, seems brilliant plan! Oh boy! I am so very sick of all this situation!

      • We are so spoiled. In 2020 we have all the luxuries a human can imagine. We forget the sacrifices of people who lived here before us. Wartime sacrifices, meal sacrifices. I remember my parents telling me they lived off of potatoes for months as kids in Holland during World War II. And sugar beets. This is one blip in our exceptional lives. We have to stay home, what a shame.

        For me this helps me appreciate the good times that we do have when and if they come back in a month or two. But really it’s just a small blip on the screen of these wonderful lives we have access to in this country.

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