Knicks point guard Derrick Rose was sidelined for Tuesday’s game due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, but it sounds like he shouldn’t miss additional time. According to Steve Popper of Newsday, Rose registered an inconclusive COVID-19 test and was held out for precautionary reasons.
Rose has since returned multiple negative results and was cleared to accompany the team on its flight back home. As long as he continues to test negative Wednesday and Thursday, the former MVP will be able to play in the Knicks’ final first-half game against Detroit on Thursday, says Popper.
Despite Rose’s absence on Tuesday, the Knicks have been relatively fortunate so far this season not to be significantly affected by the coronavirus. No Knicks players have tested positive for the virus since the regular season began, and the club’s only postponement came when its opponent – San Antonio – was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:
- The Pistons are among the latest teams to announce plans to bring a limited number of fans back into their arena. According to a press release, Detroit will permit up to 750 fans at Little Caesars Arena starting on March 17. That number may increase later in the season.
- After missing two games due to a right hand contusion, Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday’s game, per the team (via Twitter). Charlotte could give Hayward another full week of rest by holding him out tonight, but it sounds like he’s ready to return.
- The Bucks have recalled rookie two-way forward Mamadi Diakite from the G League, the team announced in a press release. Milwaukee’s own NBAGL affiliate isn’t active this season, but Diakite was playing very well for the Lakeland Magic, averaging a double-double (18.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG) with 2.1 BPG and a .580/.500/.750 shooting line in just 27.7 minutes per contest (12 games).
- Although he didn’t get into the Magic's last game on Monday, center Mohamed Bamba has been told to expect a steadier stream of minutes going forward and is eager to take advantage of the opportunity, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel details. Bamba has played just 149 total minutes in 16 games so far in 2020-21.