Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas Leaves Game Due To Contact Tracing

Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas was instructed to leave the bench before halftime of the team’s game against the Nets due to contact tracing, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.

Valanciunas did not test positive for COVID-19 but under the league’s protocols, he’d have to quarantine for seven days before being cleared to return if he continues to register negative tests. Memphis plays three more games during that span.

A number of teams have been left shorthanded due to healthy and safety protocols this week, including Boston, Philadelphia and Dallas. Valanciunas is one of Memphis’ key inside players, averaging 15.0 PPG and 11.4 RPG heading into Friday’s game.

Valanciunas is the second Grizzlies player whose availability has been impacted by the coronavirus this season, Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal notes. De’Anthony Melton missed four games earlier this season due to health and safety protocols and returned on Sunday.

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15 thoughts on “Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas Leaves Game Due To Contact Tracing

  1. bigeasye

    If LeBron is in close contact with someone who tests positive but the league feels confident he doesn’t have it- do they apply the same standard?

  2. El Don

    NBA must stop this madness, healthy players must play!
    I don’t even care if they are positive… but I can accept a positive player made to rest… but all of these healthy players giving a tone of negative tests sitting just for no good reason, is ruining the season!

    • hiflew

      Sorry that you feel the combined health of all the players is less important than your enjoyment of the season. This is much better than not playing at all, which is EXACTLY what would happen with a major outbreak among the players caused by .someone playing with the disease. Sure, some of the players give negatives, but what about the ones that were sit due to protocol that tested positive? If they weren’t sat down, at a minimum, two entire teams would be sitting right now. That would cause far more damage to the season than a few players missing a couple of games each.

    • The Howler

      I nominate @El Don for the 2020 Dwight Schrute Covid Troll of the Year on the BR site. He consistently shows he knows nothing about infectious diseases yet continues to rant about it.

      • The Howler

        It is named after Dwight Schrute of The Office because he told his coworkers that exposure to germs made your immune system stronger. After that everyone in the office would cough in his face or sneeze on his food.

        • rayokc

          The golden rule of joke telling, if you have to explain your joke then it bombed.

        • x%sure

          Shrutr’s not totally wrong; but exposure to antigens needs to occur early for immunity; childhood. After infancy “learning power” decreases gradually. Like in general for people.

          • hiflew

            The more troubling part is the sacrificing of everyone with an already weakened immune system in order to strengthen the rest. It’s a solution, but not a moral one.

            I mean we could have gotten rid of the AIDS virus by simply testing everyone on Earth and executing anyone that tested positive to prevent spreading it. Even if it was a fatal disease, I don’t think anyone would have been okay with that solution.

    • DeathbyDeathwest

      El Don – I agree with a lot of your posts, but contact tracing and the leauge’s protocol is not ruining the season.

      The pandemic, if anything, is “ruining” this season.

      Covid =/= league’s response to Covid.

  3. If he had to clear because of contact tracing, shouldn’t everyone on the court clear, too?

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