After dropping 21 points and grabbing 8 boards in the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets, forward Lauri Markkanen has entered health and safety protocols and will miss Wednesday’s matchup against Portland, per ESPN.
Cleveland’s Lauri Markkanen has entered Health and Safety Protocols, team says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 3, 2021
This marks the second player on Cleveland’s roster to enter health and safety protocols in the past week after Kevin Love entered the same protocols on Monday. Both forwards will be out indefinitely and not be allowed to be around the team per Chris Fedor. Markkanen’s quarantine will be the fourth the League has seen this week after Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris underwent protocols earlier this week as well.
Per Wojnarowski, players who test positive have two avenues toward being reinstated; waiting 10 days post the first positive test or passing consecutive negative PCR tests 24 hours apart. Players who exhibit symptoms must also pass cardiac testing upon their return to the court and respective organizations.
Markkanen is currently averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in just eight games so far this season.
The Cavs (4-4) will take on the Portland Trail Blazers (3-4) on Wednesday.