Though health officials do not believe Jazz stars Rudy Gobert or Donovan Mitchell were contagious on their March 4 game at Madison Square Garden, a new coronavirus exposure has emerged for the Knicks.
The Pistons announced Saturday one of their players tested positive for COVID-19. According to The Athletic, that player is Christian Wood, who played on Sunday at the Garden in a 96-84 Knicks victory. Wood played 33 minutes and scored 22 points against the Knicks.
Wood’s Pistons had played the Jazz the night before. Gobert, Mitchell and Wood are the only NBA players known to have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Saturday night. According to SI.com, Wood had flu-like symptoms Wednesday and was tested soon after the Gobert test became public.
According to an industry source, the Knicks have heard from health experts that less than a 1 percent chance exists Gobert and Mitchell already were affected by the coronavirus on March 4.
But now the concern is Wood. The Knicks were advised by the NBA to be in self-quarantine once they arrived home from Atlanta on Thursday night.
As of Friday morning, all the Knicks were asymptomatic, but none had been tested as the organization was following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and New York Department of Health websites.
Things would appear to be fluid, however, after Wood’s positive test. The Knicks have not commented yet on their self-quarantine or if they could undergo testing now. The Jazz and Raptors have received testing.
The Celtics and TD Garden released separate statements indicating Gobert and Mitchell were “highly unlikely’’ to have the coronavirus when the Jazz played in Boston on March 6.
“TD Garden and Boston Celtics have talked with health officials who assured us that based on the affected players’ health statuses, it is highly unlikely that anyone from the Celtics team came into contact with them while they were contagious,” the arena representatives said in a statement.