NBA Observations: Kyrie's Absence, COVID Implications, Rookie Point Guards and More

NBA Observations: Kyrie's Absence, COVID Implications, Rookie Point Guards and More

This article is part of our NBA Observations series.

Week 4 of the fantasy basketball season is upon us and it brings with it unprecedented levels of uncertainty. As multiple teams deal with COVID-19 contact tracing, three more games have already been postponed, while a number of key players will miss parts – if not all – of the week.

The NBA tightened up its health and safety protocols Tuesday, but for the time being the message is clear: obstacles or not, the show must go on. For now, the league will continue to play as many games as it can – it's worth noting that the four postponements thus far represent less than one percent of the NBA's regular season – while re-emphasizing its policies to teams and players.

For fantasy players, especially those in weekly leagues, the lack of clarity is frustrating. But if nothing else, it's forced managers to be more vigilant and engaged than ever.

As we take a look around the league, ignoring the ramifications of the virus is impossible, so that's where we'll begin this week. We'll also touch on the status of Kyrie Irving, impressive rookie point guards, Russell Westbrook, a more aggressive Anthony Davis, and much more.

The virus wreaks havoc

After a relatively smooth start to the season, it looked as though the league had enacted enough policies to prevent COVID-19 from significantly hamstringing the season. It was naive to think the virus wouldn't rear its head at some point, but for the most part, teams and

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