Boston Celtics star guard Evan Fournier revealed that he was OK the first tow days after testing positive for the coronavirus but then he started feeling symptoms. On Friday night, Fournier returning to the Celtics lineup after missing nine games due to the coronavirus.
Fournier, who hadn't played since April 4, struggled in his return to the court as he missed all seven shots in a 109-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. "My experience -- where do I start? The first two days I was doing great, no symptoms at all, and then flu-like symptoms, high fever, really tired, fatigue, all that," Fournier said, per ESPN.
"I honestly stayed in bed and slept for four or five days. The roughest part was ramping up the activity. The last two days of practice was really hard. I had moments where I was doing good and moments where I was exhausted.
"That's why you have to push through it. You have to do it to feel better. I don't want to spend another week just ramping up my activity and doing cardio and all that. I need reps with the guys."
Celtics coach understands Fournier's struggles
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens stuck with Fournier down the stretch though the French guard was struggling to make anything from the field.
Yeah, he's going to probably, very likely at least, going to struggle, and we just don't have time to practice," Stevens said. "He's got to play, he's got to get himself up to speed. "Evan obviously couldn't make a shot, but I just asked him how he felt.
He said he was pretty winded out there. So that was not a huge surprise. But it is good to get him those minutes, and I don't think he'll have many games like that." Fournier wanted to return to the court as soon as possible.
"I probably could have waited a few more days or a few more games to really feel better, but I just got here and I need reps to play with the guys and really understand the system offensively and defensively," Fournier said.
"So I only had two days of practice, and for me the most important thing is just to be out there. It's going to be hard obviously, but I have to fight through it and push through it because to me that's the only way I'm going to feel better at some point."