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LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier enter COVID-19 health and safety protocols

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Shams Charania: Charlotte Hornets guards LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier have both entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and are expected to miss several games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Source: Twitter @ShamsCharania

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Killer for the Hornets to lose both Ball and Rozier at the same time. And they’re already sliding some, as they’re on a three-game losing streak. Could be a really tough couple of weeks for Charlotte. – 9:30 AM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Charlotte Hornets guards LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier have both entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and are expected to miss several games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 9:28 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
We’ve dropped several videos on TikTok so far.
Suns 16-0 month:
Tyler Herro 6MOY + MIP:
LaMelo All-Star season:

Rod Boone @rodboone
🚨 Latest episode of The QC Hornets’ Nest 🚨
• What’s up with the defense?
• James Borrego on missing Mason Plumlee
• LaMelo is on fire
• Opening up the mailbag
• Looking at the December sked
Spotify:…9:07 AM

Josh Martin @LonzoWire
Here are the individual player grades as LaMelo and the Hornets fell short against Giannis and the Bucks on Wednesday.…1:06 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
LaMelo last night:
36 PTS
8 3PT
He is the youngest player in NBA history with 30+ points, 8+ assists, 8+ threes in a game. AM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Borrego’s comments postgame in MIL made it sound like Cody Martin will return to the lineup for Charlotte in ATL Sun. Simply put, #Hornets are better w/ Martin.
Martin ON: 1109 poss., 117.0 ORTG, 113.3 DRTG, +3.8 NET
LaMelo + Martin: 439 poss., 121.9 ORTG, 113.5 DRTG, +8.4 NET – 11:03 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Three things to know: LaMelo Ball will be a superstar, Giannis shows him one path…10:09 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
LaMelo Ball last night:
✅ 36 PTS
✅ 5 REB
✅ 9 AST
✅ 8-15 3P
Ball (20 years, 101 days) is the youngest player in @Charlotte Hornets history to record at least 35p/5r/5a in a game.
He’s the second-youngest player in NBA history to record at least 70p/35a over a three game span. AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Lonzo and LaMelo career earnings could come close to $1B. LaMelo could sign two $200M contracts in his career. Zo already guaranteed $120M + 2 more big deals. – 12:44 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Individual Career Highs:
Lonzo: 33 pts, 16 rebs, 17 asts, 6 steals, 8 3-pointers
LaMelo: 36 pts, 17 rebs, 14 asts, 5 steals, 8 3-pointers
Lavar was right. He was right this whole time. AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
The only question about LaMelo Ball is whether he’ll be an All-Star starter or reserve. – 11:53 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
feels like yesterday LaMelo was pointing at the logo with braces on during some Facebook Watch stream. now he’s here. legit. PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
#Hornets lose a heartbreaker to Giannis and the Bucks in Milwaukee, but I saw some real toughness from Charlotte tonight. Feels like this young group played a game that helped them understand what it takes to win on the highest level tonight. And LaMelo Ball, just wow. Superstar. – 10:36 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
LaMelo and Giannis trading clutch shots is certified Cool. – 10:35 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Final: Bucks 127, #Hornets 125
Giannis hits a driving layup with two seconds left.
LaMelo 36 pts, 9 asts, 5 rebs
Kelly Oubre 25 pts
Miles Bridges 22 pts, 9 rebs
Up next: at Atlanta on Sunday – 10:33 PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
LaMelo Ball is two tons of fun. Great combo of killer instinct and unbridled joy – 10:33 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m out of LaMelo superlatives. He’s just incredible. – 10:33 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer

Rod Boone @rodboone
New career high for LaMelo. Has 36 points. – 10:32 PM

Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
OMG LaMelo – 10:32 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
LaMelo Ball is like that. – 10:32 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
LaMelo! Onions! – 10:32 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
What a shot by LaMelo. Hits a 3-pointer falling away with 5.9 seconds left to tie the game. – 10:32 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
LaMelo Ball with the fading 3 and this game is tied at 125. Tough shot.
Bucks ball with 5.9 left. – 10:31 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Big 3 by Khris Middleton and the Bucks have a one-point lead with under a minute left.
And just forced a LaMelo Ball turnover. – 10:26 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Mitch Kupchak: “Jerry West would use an expression about certain players, that they ‘had a little gold dust’ sprinkled on them from above. I do think LaMelo [Ball] has that.”
With each passing day, it’s getting increasingly difficult to argue otherwise:…9:43 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Great job by LaMelo to pass his man off to McDaniels, keeping him out of the switch on Giannis + allowing him to gamble for the steal in help. Leads to highlight alley in transition to Miles. PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
LaMelo’s crossover makes Jrue Holiday touch earth 👀⛸️ PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
LaMelo Ball just crossed over Jrue Holiday and made him stumble and lose his balance, falling to the court. – 8:46 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
LaMelo Ball is doing some stuff tonight. – 8:46 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
Uh, Terry Rozier already has 7 assists to go with 8 points. The #Hornets had 17 points off those assists he created. – 8:35 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Great help D from Rozier in paint. Back-to-back anticipation steals for Terry. PM

Josh Martin @LonzoWire
LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Hornets (13-10) are hoping to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Lonzo Ball and the Chi……11:40 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
LaMelo Ball in November:
✅ 314 PTS
✅ 138 REB
✅ 146 AST
Ball became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record at least 300 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists in a calendar month, trailing only LeBron James. AM

More on this storyline

Shams Charania: Ball and Rozier are expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days, or unless they record two negative tests in a 24-hour period moving forward, sources said. Charlotte will be without its young star and fellow starting guard for the time being. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / December 4, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said he was “confused,” “frustrated,” and “angry” after he was required to miss a game while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols for a false positive COVID-19 test. James returned to the Lakers’ lineup in a 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. -via The Athletic / December 4, 2021

James said he knew he was going to get cleared because he never felt sick at all. James said earlier this season that he was vaccinated. “If what I had was a positive COVID test, then what are we doing? What are we talking about?” James said Friday. “I just thought it was handled very poorly, but being able to get cleared was definitely a breath of fresh air for not only myself, but for my family, friends and everybody that’s involved.” -via The Athletic / December 4, 2021

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