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Seven members of the LA Clippers‘ support staff — including one who tested positive for COVID-19 — are in quarantine away from the team, sources told ESPN.
The quarantined group, which traveled via vans from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles over the weekend, includes no players, coaches or team management, sources said.
The Clippers traveled to Phoenix to play the Suns on Sunday night.
Contact tracing of the positive test led back to a New Year’s Eve staff gathering with food and drinks in a presidential suite of a Salt Lake City team hotel that included intermittent mask wearing, sources said.
Despite not having the quarantined staff members, the Clippers said they had enough support staff for their game against the Suns.
“We have the ample amount of staff that we need,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said before the game. “No excuses. ‘Next man up’ has been our mentality all season, but we have the people that we need to play the game.”
“Nothing changed,” Lue added on the team’s preparation. “We continued to do what we’ve been doing. Guys are prepared. … It’s no distraction. With this