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Nets Plan to Play Christmas; NBA, Union Evaluating Protocols

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, in New York. The Nets won 131-129 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, in New York. The Nets won 131-129 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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New York (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets have enough players to fly to Los Angeles and play their Christmas showdown against the Lakers, though Kevin Durant might not be among them.

But news worsened for many other teams in the league Thursday, including Minnesota, which placed Karl-Anthony Towns — who previously revealed that COVID-19 caused the death of seven of his relatives, including his mother — on the health and safety protocols list. Towns also missed time last season because of a positive test.