Mavericks assistant coach Kristi Toliver enters health and safety protocols

Dallas Mavericks, Kristi Tolliver
Dallas Mavericks, Kristi Tolliver / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are dealing with a COVID outbreak around the holidays. Superstar Luka Doncic was one of seven players to enter the health and safety protocols over the last week. They also had assistant coaches Darrell Armstrong and Jared Dudley enter the protocols. The team has been playing shorthanded and holding their own with so many players out of the lineup.

The Mavericks had to sign six replacement players to continue playing, and five of them were in the rotation when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23. Josh Green cleared protocols on Christmas Day, but the team also had another coach enter the health and safety protocols on the holiday.

Assistant coach Kristi Toliver announced on Twitter that she tested positive for COVID-19. Here is a look at what it means and how long she could be out.

Dallas Mavericks assistant Kristi Toliver enters health and safety protocols

The Mavs are shorthanded in players and coaches for their Christmas day clash against the Utah Jazz. They will have multiple replacement players in their rotation as Dallas tries to pick up a win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Josh Green entered the health and safety protocols on Dec. 19 and cleared them on Christmas day. It could be the first sign that the team is getting over their COVID outbreak. The Mavericks are on a five-game road trip with the last three games being must-win contests against teams near the bottom of the West. Hopefully, the roster can get healthy and find a way to win in Sacramento and Oklahoma City.

The Dallas Mavericks are going through a rough stretch, but they have still yet to play their best basketball of the 2021-2022 season. Kristi Toliver testing positive on Christmas day was not good news, but hopefully, the team’s outbreak is reaching an end. Stay tuned for all the latest at The Smoking Cuban.

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