The LA Clippers’ Ivica Zubac revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.
Fans were surprised yesterday to see starting center Ivica Zubac on the court for the LA Clippers.
Zubac had been away from the team since they entered the bubble and until yesterday’s postgame, we had no indication as to why. It turns out Zubac tested positive for COVID-19 and was sitting at home until he got a negative test.
I know no one has said it, but I had the virus. I tested positive the week before Fourth of July. I didn’t have any symptoms. I felt a little tired for two or three days, but other than that I was good. I was getting tested daily, and I was waiting to clear all the protocols to join the team in Orlando, but it was tough because I didn’t have any — I couldn’t get in a gym. I couldn’t stay in shape. I mean, I did some stuff, but it’s hard to replace the practices and these games. I did as much as I could, but I wish I was with the team from the start.
For having not been able to play over the past few weeks, Zubac looked solid. He only played 13 minutes and scored just two points but was able to pull down six rebounds. Doc Rivers was smart to only give him minimal time on the court and we can probably expect something similar on Thursday when the Clippers face the Lakers.
In Zubac’s absence, Joakim Noah got the starting spot for the team. The new acquisition looked great, especially considering he had not played in the NBA for over a year. If Zu is only getting limited minutes, Noah will be a fine substitution.
The team will also presumably have Montrezl Harrell, who had to leave the bubble to deal with a family emergency. Between him, Noah, and Zubac, the LA Clippers will be good to go at the center position as they push for their first NBA Finals.