CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bulls now have four players under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
While the team is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Matt Thomas is the latest player to enter the protocols. That means they are down to 11 players for the game against the Cavaliers in Cleveland Wednesday night.READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Clearing Skies, Wind Chills Bring Sub-Zero Feels-Like Temps
Thomas joins leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, who was placed in protocols Monday, along with Javonte Green and Coby White, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
The Bulls are now testing multiple times a day, and are limited in their ability to hold practices and shootarounds.READ MORE: Neighbors Help Each Other Dig Out, Plows Get To Work On Side Streets After Lake Effect Snowstorm
All players are being encouraged to wear masks during team activities.
“The league’s put some things on us – you know, things we can and cannot do as a group – so that’s been somewhat challenging. We’ve just got to be flexible to what we’re dealing with. Certainly, there’s been several guys on our team that have been impacted by it,” said Bulls Head Coach Billy Donovan. “But they’ve given us a hardship case that we can bring in a player, you know, and I think Artūras (Karnišovas) and Marc (Eversley), I’ve talked to those guys, and we’ve had pretty extensive conversations.”MORE NEWS: A Disappointment May Be Coming For St. Patrick's Day: Corned Beef Prices Are Shooting Up, Some Local Butchers Aren't Even Carrying It
The Bulls could not get that extra player before the game Wednesday night, but they will get help before Saturday’s game in Miami.