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Brooklyn Nets DeAndre Jordan tests positive for coronavirus, opts out of NBA restart

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 4 days ago By John Karalis, masslive.com

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and will sit out the team’s return to action when the NBA restarts in Orlando.

“Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market,” he announced in a tweet. “As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.”

Jordan joins teammate Wilson Chandler as Nets who have opted out of the return to action. Chandler announced he’s opting out of the restart to spend time with his family. Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced earlier Monday that he had also tested positive for coronavirus and he may also opt out of returning to play.

The Nets are allowed to sign a substitute player to replace Jordan.

The Nets were already shorthanded before today, with Kyrie Irving still recovering from shoulder surgery and Kevin Durant declaring he’s not yet ready to return from his torn Achilles tendon.

Brooklyn returns to action as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. If Dinwiddie opts out, the Nets will lean heavily on Caris LeVert and Joe Harris to carry the offensive load and hope Jarrett Allen can be enough of a defensive force to hold onto their playoff spot.

They lead the ninth-seeded Washington Wizards by six games with only eight seeding games scheduled, so under normal circumstances it would seem Washington has no chance. But the resumption of the season includes a potential play-in tournament if the ninth seed is within four games of the final playoff spot when the season ends.

So if Brooklyn free-falls and Washington can get to within four games or fewer of the Nets, they’ll play what is essentially a best of two series. The ninth seeded team has to win twice but the eighth seed would only have to win once to advance.

The Orlando Magic are only a half game behind Brooklyn, and are a good bet to climb into the seventh seed now. If the Boston Celtics can take advantage of their eight remaining games and jump into the second seed, there’s a good chance they’ll face the Magic in the first round of the playoffs. As of right now, the Celtics are the third seed, three games behind the Toronto Raptors, but the two teams will play each other one more time and a Boston win would give them the tiebreaker.

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the sixth seed, and if the standings were to hold, they would be Boston’s first round opponent. That’s the least favorable matchup for Boston, given how tough facing Joel Embiid can be for them. A jump up to second would give them a much easier matchup. Boston has beaten Orlando twice this season. They will face each other once more when the season resumes.

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