Doug McDermott and Lonnie Walker IV are in Health and Safety Protocols

According to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, forward Doug McDermott and guard Lonnie Walker IV have encountered COVID health and safety protocols. That means that the Spurs are currently deprived of two of their key players as they go into tonight’s game against the Pistons.

How Long Will McDermott and Walker be in Health and Safety Protocols?

The current health and safety protocols require five days of quarantine. After those five days elapse, both players will be free to exit the protocols. Assuming they are in adequate health, they may then return to action. Five days out places us at January 6th. So, hopefully that is around when the Spurs will again have McDermott and Walker back in play.

Meanwhile, Murray Has Cleared the Health and Safety Protocols

Thankfully, it is not all bad news right now. The good news is that Dejounte Murray has completed his required isolation, and is now out of the health and safety protocols. But he cannot begin play again immediately. First, he has to recondition himself. As of right now, we do not know when he will be able to return to the court.

What is Ahead for the Spurs?

Alas, all of this means that the team will need to do without Murray, McDermott and Walker for their next game, which takes place tonight in Detroit. Both Drew Eubanks and Keita Bates-Diop are listed as “questionable.” Other players who are listed as “out” for tonight’s game include Zach Collins and Devontae Cacok.

As for Detroit, the Pistons will be facing their own share of difficulties. Players who will be out tonight include Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Stewart, Killian Hayes, Josh Jackson, Cory Joseph, Trey Lyles, Rodney McGruder, Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk. The team will also have to manage without head coach Dwane Casey. Given that reality, the Pistons arguably are facing the bigger disadvantage with respect to COVID and injuries.

What is next after the game against the Pistons? The Spurs also have a game scheduled for Tuesday, January 4th against the Raptors, and another on Wednesday, January 5th against the Celtics. On January 7th, the day after McDermott and Walker should clear the protocols, the Spurs will face off against the 76ers. Check back in again with us soon for further updates about the health and safety protocols and how COVID is impacting the Spurs as the season unfolds.