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Brandon Boston Jr. becomes fourth Clippers player placed in COVID protocols

The Clippers' Brandon Boston Jr. holds a basketball.
Clippers guard Brandon Boston Jr. controls the ball during a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)
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A fourth Clipper has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols just as the team begins a three-game road trip.

Rookie wing Brandon Boston Jr. on Wednesday joined point guard Reggie Jackson, two-way guard Jay Scrubb and center Moses Wright, a recent 10-day contract signing, in the protocols. The Clippers face Boston on Wednesday before traveling to Toronto for a Dec. 31 game and Brooklyn on Jan. 1.

The league and players association on Monday agreed to new rules that allow vaccinated players and coaches who test positive for COVID-19 to be cleared from quarantine after six days, but only if they are no longer deemed infectious.

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The Clippers open a three-game trip in Boston on Wednesday without three primary ballhandlers, causing coach Tyronn Lue to reconfigure the offense.

Boston had averaged 10.8 points off the bench over his last four games for a second unit that has needed players who can create their own shots. The reserves are already without center Isaiah Hartenstein, a valuable ballhandler and passer, because of a sprained ankle. Forward Nicolas Batum also will not play against Boston because of a sprained ankle.

The Clippers could have an immediate fill-in ready for its wing minutes off the bench for Wednesday’s game against the Celtics, as the contract for James Ennis III became official hours before tipoff. There is a hope from the team that he will be available for the game, should he clear all required testing. The 6-foot-6 Ennis, raised in Ventura, is a 36% career three-point shooter.


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