Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges (health protocol) cleared to play Saturday

Apr 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) passes against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half at Spectrum Center. The Milwaukee Bucks won 114-104. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges has been released from the league’s healthy and safety protocols and is eligible to play Saturday afternoon against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the team said.

Bridges sat out six games because of the COVID-19 protocols and hasn’t played since May 2. Without him, the Hornets were 2-4.

The Hornets (33-37) have locked up a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament but their seeding has yet to be determined. The Hornets currently occupy the No. 8 spot, but they are tied with the Indiana Pacers and sit a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards.

The Hornets will face the Wizards (33-38) in Washington on Sunday afternoon to end the regular season. The Pacers (33-37) host the Los Angeles Lakers (40-30) on Saturday and will travel to Tampa, Fla., to play the Toronto Raptors (27-44) on Sunday.

Bridges, 23, is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 64 games (18 starts) on the season. He is hitting 50.6 percent of his shots, including 40.5 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.

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