April 9, 2021 | 6:33 PM
When the Celtics hit the road for their upcoming three-game trip, they’ll still be without guard Evan Fournier.
Fournier won’t travel with the team for its West Coast trip and remains in health and safety protocols, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Friday. Fournier has already missed two games and will miss his third game Friday when the Celtics host the Timberwolves.
While it’s unknown if Fournier tested positive for COVID-19 or not, he provided an update of his status on Thursday.
“Just want to take a moment to thank you all for the love and support over the last few days,” Fournier wrote in a tweet. “I can’t wait to get back on the court and help my team win.”
Just want to take a moment to thank you all for the love and support over the last few days.
I can’t wait to get back on the court and help my team win. ☘️
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) April 8, 2021
Fournier was placed in health and safety protocols on Tuesday just hours before the Celtics’ game against the 76ers. After struggling in his first two games with the Celtics, Fournier started to look like the player the Celtics were hoping for in his last two games. Fournier scored 23 points in a win over the Rockets, including a 20-point fourth quarter in which he made all seven of his shots. He followed that up with a 17-point performance in the Celtics’ win over the Hornets.
The Celtics will face the Nuggets, Blazers, and Lakers on the upcoming trip. All three teams currently hold playoff spots, but the Lakers are still without stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Boston returns home on Saturday, April 17, for a matchup against the Warriors.
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