NBA Roundup: 2 missed restart games for one player, missed COVID-19 test for another

Published July 27, 2020, 5:42 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Clippers’ Williams serves 10-day quarantine
NBA Lou Williams
Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers (Joe Murphy / NBA via Getty Images / AFP)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is serving a 10-day quarantine and as a result will miss two restart games.

The Sixth Man of the Year awardee was put under the maximum quarantine after he was seen in a strip club in Atlanta following a family emergency leave. Photos of him with a rapper there appeared on social media and have admitted the side trip.

He will miss the game against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at the opener of the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida Thursday and Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans days after.

Williams’ side trip upset Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “Those got out and that’s something that we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like,” Rivers said.

Portland’s Lilllard, 76ers’ Embiid miss out scrimmages
Trail Blazers Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Garrett Ellwood / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid didn’t play in their respective scrimmages against the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder due to injuries.

Lillard is dealing with an inflamed left foot while the Cameroonian native is out with a calf injury.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said the injury is not a long-term thing and expects Lillard to play in their last scrimmage game.

Embiid is listed as day-to-day.

The Raptors and Thunder won.

Mavs’ Porzingis no show in COVID-19 test, placed in quarantine
Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis did not show up for his COVID-19 test and thus, placed on quarantine in the bubble.

He missed their scrimmage against the Indiana Pacers Sunday and if he tests negative, will rejoin the team Monday.

His coach Rick Carlisle said the 24-year-old star was contrite and felt bad about letting the team down.

Also forgetting his COVID test was Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets. Like Porzingis, he too missed a scrimmage as a result. (Compiled by Tristan Lozano)