Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell is expected to clear quarantine on Monday and be eligible for the team's Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks, sources told ESPN. Harrel didn't take part in any of Clipper seeding games in the bubble as he returned to the bubble on Sunday and was given a seven-day quarantine.
Harrell left the bubble on June 17 for a family emergency and he later revealed his grandmother passed away. When asked if he knew when Harrell would be available, Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't especially direct.
"No," he replied prior to the Clippers facing the Oklahoma City Thunder, as quoted on ESPN. "We have an idea. But it's not ideal, let me put it that way."
Rivers says he is going to 'just throw Harrell in there'
"You know, I am going to just throw him in there (in the first round against the Mavericks), as you know, he's earned that right," Rivers said.
"The challenge will be just how ready he is. I don't know if I have ever had a guy that hasn't played in eight games or whatever and hasn't had any practice and we're just going to throw him out on the floor in a playoff game.
We're hoping that at this point." "There's no guarantee that will even happen so we'll see." Meanwhile, Thunder guard Dennis Schroder came out firing against the Clippers after a four-day quarantine in a small hotel room.
Schroder scored 17 points in his first since the birth of his second child but the Thunder still fell short as the Clippers won in overtime 107-103. "The NBA did a great job, OKC did a great job bringing me to my wife to support her," Schroder said, per ESPN.
"Came back and had to quarantine for four days. It was pretty rough, staying in a small room was pretty tough. I'm back now. Left my room today and got a little [practice] session in at 11 [a.m.] and was able to come back tonight."
The Thunder are set to face the Houston Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference and Thunder coach Billy Donovan is happy to have Schroder available. "I think we need to have some time with some different lineups now that Dennis is back," Donovan said.
".. Now we are back into a situation where we can play two of those three guys [together], if not all three of them. And we probably got to get some time in practice where they are all working and playing together. We really haven't had a lot of that."