Nicolas Batum did not participate in the Los Angeles Clippers’ victory over Dallas on Sunday night (97-91). The French interior has in fact been placed under the NBA’s Covid-19 protocol (official communication never specifies whether the player concerned has indeed undergone a positive test). The captain of the France team was to play the match but withdrew shortly before kick-off.
He could miss several matches of his team, which will string together five more matches at home in the next ten days. « I’m not sure how many days, but I expect him to be away for a while », said his trainer, Tyronn Lue.
According to the star journalist of The Athletic Shams Charania, his unavailability should last over these ten days.
It is a blow for the player, who had a solid start to the season (9.8 pts and 5.5 rebounds on average) as for his team, which was already facing numerous injuries (Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, Marcus Morris Sr. in particular).