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Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook clears COVID-19 protocols

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Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook cleared COVID-19 protocols and is available to play on Friday night against the host Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced.

ESPN reported that Westbrook flew from Dallas to Minneapolis after being cleared. The Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night and Westbrook was placed in the protocol following the 107-104 overtime win.

Westbrook, 33, had to return two negative tests to be cleared. He is averaging 19.6 points, 8.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds in 29 games.

Los Angeles still has four other active players in the protocol: Guards Avery Bradley, Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker and big man Dwight Howard.

Injured guard Kendrick Nunn (knee), who has yet to play this season due to the injury, also was placed in the protocol on Friday.

Also, forward Trevor Ariza (ankle) was upgraded to questionable and will be in uniform, but would only be used if the team runs out of players.

Los Angeles has two frontcourt players under two-way contracts (NBA and G-League) — Chaundee Brown and Jay Huff — who are in Minneapolis to help the team’s roster issues.

–Field Level Media