COVID-19 health and safety protocols have kept assistant coach Becky Hammon away from the Spurs. Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon continues to perform most of her coaching duties despite being away from the team due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express News reports. Hammon is under a league-mandated quarantine in Los Angeles along with Spurs big man Drew Eubanks and an unnamed staffer. She has missed three games. “It’s a big loss,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. “The chemistry we have with Becky makes it a lot lighter compared to Pop (coach Gregg Popovich).”

We have from the Southwest Division:

  • Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected on Monday against his former team, the Lakers, for an altercation with Markieff Morris. Cousins intervened for teammate Jae’Sean Tate, who was shoved to the court by Morris, and first-year coach Stephen Silas was fine with the big man's actions, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon tweets. “He wasn’t going to allow anything to happen to his rookie, and I think that’s admirable,” Silas said. “Him sticking up for his teammate shows a lot of who DeMarcus Cousins is.”
  • The Mavericks are dealing with major COVID issues, and guard Trey Burke knows what his teammates are going through, as Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News details. Burks underwent a 25-day quarantine last summer after signing with Dallas. “I kept getting inconclusive [test] results,” he said. “It would come back negative, and then it would be positive. It is a real experience. … I know it is a tough time, and it is unfortunate, but try to use this isolation time to do some meditation, some visualization, and try to work on yourself.”
  • Forward Kyle Anderson is averaging career highs in points, rebounding and assists for the injury-riddled Grizzlies and he feels a measure of vindication, Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes. “I feel like I could have been doing this in this league, but I put a lot of work in and finally proving to myself that I can do it,” said Anderson, who is signed through the 2021-22 season.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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