Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He said he has been asymptomatic and has been in isolation since being tested on Saturday.
“I’m OK,” Smart said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “I feel fine. I don’t feel any of the symptoms. But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing, really keeping yourself away from a large group of people, and just really washing your hands, and help protect yourself, and help protect others by protecting yourself.”
The Celtics said that Smart will continue to be isolated while being monitored by team medical staff. The team also said that it is awaiting further test results.
Smart missed the Celtics’ March 2 practice because of illness. The following morning he described symptoms that were not believed to be consistent with a coronavirus diagnosis, primarily vomiting, although recent research has suggested that gastrointestinal distress could be an early sign of the virus for some.
“Feeling better,” Smart said then. “Yesterday was tough. I was throwing up every 20 minutes. Just a little GI bug. But I am feeling better. Was able to keep stuff down and actually able to get out here and move, so I’m happy about that.”
Smart played against the Nets on March 3.
Last Wednesday, Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in the immediate shutdown of the NBA season. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell tested positive soon after. The Jazz faced the Celtics at TD Garden on March 6, and Utah’s results prompted the Celtics to have their team tested, too. The team enlisted a private company to complete the tests last weekend.
A wave of testing has been done around the league, with about a third of the teams completing them.
‘I feel fine. I don’t feel any of the symptoms. But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing, really keeping yourself away from a large group of people, and just really washing your hands, and help protect yourself, and help protect others by protecting yourself.’
The Pistons tested their entire team, and center Christian Wood was the lone positive. On Tuesday, the Nets revealed that four of their players had tested positive, although three of them were asymptomatic. On Wednesday, the Thunder announced that their entire team had tested negative. The Raptors announced negative results earlier this week, too.
On Thursday, the 76ers announced that three members of their organization had tested positive and The Athletic reported that two Lakers players have tested positive.