According to multiple reports, Coach Rick Carlisle has entered health and safety protocol after ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported that Carlisle tested positive on a rapid test after the Pacer’s Wednesday night 122-102 win against the Knicks.
Rick Carlisle had positive result on rapid test after last night’s win over Knicks, sources told ESPN. He took a PCR test today to confirm, but that result is not expected until Friday.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 9, 2021
Pacers host Mavs on Friday, the first time Carlisle was scheduled to coach vs. his old team. https://t.co/Ibb31hMOS4
McMahon further reported that Carlisle took a PCR test Thursday but results aren’t expected until Friday. Indiana faces the Mavericks on Friday, it could be Carlisle’s first game against his former team. If the PCR test comes back positive, League insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that assistant coach Lloyd Piece will fill in against Dallas.
On Thursday morning, the Pacers and Raptors announced that they had canceled their scheduled practice due to health and safety protocols, citing “an abundance of caution.” The Raptors have no player or staff member in protocols as of yet. They both played and won against the Wizards earlier this week, the Raptors doing so on Sunday, and the Pacers on Monday.