It wasn’t clear until the Christmas Day games were announced, that whether Lakers’ Malik Monk would be out of the NBA’s health and safety protocols to play in the following games. There was no patience left for the Lakers to let Malik play in the Christmas games.
Malik Monk had previously passed two negative tests and later he got confirmed of joining the team. And finally, he was cleared to play chrishtmas game against Nets. Malik had missed his five previous games with the Lakers due to the protocols but it didn’t appear on his face as he looked quite sharp during the same.
Monk has been averaging 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game this season. He is been shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from the deep.
In the match against the Brooklyn Nets on this Christmas Eve, Malik shined, though the Laker lost 122-115. He scored 20 points off the bench for the LA Lakers and left an impact that was needed of him.
Malik Monk on his return from the COVID-19 protocols and joining his team the Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets
Talking about his play in the game against the Net’s Malik said “Just to get to the rim. I tried to create for others too; we had a little misunderstanding with what we were doing on the offensive end and felt like the ball wasn’t moving enough. I tried to come in and get to the rim and try to mix everything up.”
Malik was almost out for two weeks from the court due to the COVID-19 protocols and when asked about what he felt of being cleared once to then not being cleared again he said “I really don’t know what happened, man, I don’t know. Yeah, I don’t know. Thought I was cleared. Said I wasn’t and then just kept switching back and forth. I don’t know.”
Further, when he was asked about what message he was actually trying to convey with his return he said “Shit — that I’m back. That’s really it man.”
It was great to see Monk with his best form after his long break due to COVID-19 protocols. Though the Laker’s this season aren’t at their best, it would be interesting to see how Malik performs further for his team.