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NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition: What’s next for Lakers, Heat and all 30 teams

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The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA champions, blitzing though the bubble playoffs with a 16-5 record and finishing off the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals.

Now what?

As the league enters an offseason of more uncertainty, we’re taking a way-too-early look at where all 30 teams stand heading into the 2020-21 season.

Note: These rankings are based on which teams voters (a group of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors) think belong higher heading into next season, taking into account potential player movement and the draft. Title odds for 2021 were provided by Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

MORE: LeBron and the Lakers fought heartbreak to win the Finals

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2019-20 record: 52-19
Result: NBA champions
2021 title odds: +325

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have delivered the franchise’s 17th championship banner to the rafters. Now GM Rob Pelinka will look to maintain a championship-contending roster around James. First priority is Davis, who can opt out and get a raise. Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley, Dwight Howard and Dion Waiters are free agents. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo all have a player option for 2020-21. Pelinka has the $9.3 million midlevel and $3.6 million biannual exceptions to use. The rest of the West will only get better, but the Lakers will defend their title with the best superstar tandem, a second year with head coach Frank Vogel and hopefully no bubble to contend with next season. — Ohm Youngmisuk


2. LA Clippers
2019-20 record: 49-23
Result: L, West semifinals
2021 title odds: +400

After watching the Clippers’ collapse to the Nuggets, Steve Ballmer decided not to risk another disappointing finish. Doc Rivers took over in Philly and the Clippers are searching for a new head coach, with Ty Lue and Jeff Van Gundy among the candidates. While the front office will explore the trade market, the Clippers probably will find it difficult to significantly upgrade the roster. They’ll look to re-sign free agents Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris Sr. and JaMychal Green. Lou Williams has an expiring contract, but the Clippers don’t have any first-round picks to dangle. The next coaching staff will have to get the best out of this championship-caliber roster in need of a playmaking point guard and leader. — Youngmisuk


3. Milwaukee Bucks
2019-20 record: 56-17
Result: L, East semifinals
2021 title odds: +600

After finishing with the best record in the regular season for the second straight season but failing to reach the Finals, the biggest question surrounding this team is what’s next for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year has a big decision to make — and so do the Bucks, as they’re expected to offer him a supermax extension. If they do sign him to the extension, changes will also need to be made to the roster to ensure more playoff success. — Eric Woodyard


4. Denver Nuggets
2019-20 record: 46-27
Result: L, West finals
2021 title odds: +2000

After making history by authoring two comebacks from 3-1 series deficits on their way to the conference finals, the Nuggets’ next step is to win the West. They have playoff experience and two bonafide stars in Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, who might have taken more strides than any other budding star in the bubble. Michael Porter Jr. seems poised to be a third star next season. Free agent Jerami Grant is a major priority, as are Mason Plumlee, Paul Millsap and Torrey Craig. Will Barton‘s health remains a question and Gary Harris has to improve this offseason, but it’s good to be the Nuggets right now. — Youngmisuk


5. Dallas Mavericks
2019-20 record: 43-32
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +2500

Luka Doncic‘s emergence as an MVP candidate gives the Mavericks legitimate hopes of being a championship contender earlier than anticipated, although they need co-star Kristaps Porzingis to stay healthy. All signs indicate that the Mavs won’t make a major offseason splash until 2021, when Dallas can create a max slot for a free agent with a little salary cap tinkering. Expect the Mavs, however, to hunt for some veteran toughness. It’s clear that an upgraded defense (ranked 18th this season) is needed to complement Dallas’ historically efficient offense. — Tim MacMahon


6. Golden State Warriors
2019-20 record: 15-50
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +800

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green want to prove this group’s run isn’t over yet. They’ll be motivated to show the rest of the league they can still play at the highest level. The reality, however, is that this is a completely different Warriors group than before. How will Andrew Wiggins fit in? How does the talent and leadership void left by Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston get filled? What will they do with the No. 2 overall pick? The Warriors still have top-level talent, but they need to fill a lot of gaps before title talk is resumed. — Nick Friedell


7. Boston Celtics
2019-20 record: 48-24
Result: L, East finals
2021 title odds: +1400

Boston reached the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four years but failed to make it back to the NBA Finals after losing to the Miami Heat in six games. While most of the team is under contract for next season, the biggest uncertainty is whether Gordon Hayward will opt into his $34.1 million player option for 2020-21. There isn’t an obvious landing spot for him if he does, but the Miami Heat didn’t look like a landing spot for Jimmy Butler a year ago either. Otherwise, Boston enters the offseason with three first-round picks with which to work. Kemba Walker‘s health will be a priority after he dealt with knee issues for all of this calendar year, as will the growth of their two franchise wing players, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. — Tim Bontemps


8. Philadelphia 76ers
2019-20 record: 43-30
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +3000

After replacing Brett Brown with Doc Rivers, Philadelphia hopes to finally make the deep playoff run that has eluded them with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. General manager Elton Brand has a big decision to make this offseason after fit issues plagued the Sixers this season. Specifically, can he find a taker for Al Horford, who didn’t fit next to Embiid like Philadelphia had hoped he would? Horford proved he can still play center when Embiid was not on the court. Another big question the Sixers will have to answer: Will Simmons remain a full-time power forward? And, if so, who will be the team’s starting point guard next season, Shake Milton or someone who isn’t on the roster yet? — Bontemps


9. Miami Heat
2019-20 record: 44-29
Result: L, NBA Finals
2021 title odds: +1400

The biggest question surrounding the Heat is if they can duplicate the success they had in the bubble in a normal basketball world. Miami’s future appears to be very bright with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo leading a young core, but will they be able to convince another star to join them in South Beach? If they do, there’s no reason to believe the Heat can’t make another Finals run next season. — Friedell


10. Brooklyn Nets
2019-20 record: 35-37
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +1000

If the Nets were a trendy Brooklyn restaurant, 2019-20 was the aperitif and 2020-21 looks like the main course. Having missed all of this season following his Achilles rupture in the 2019 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant should be ready to go for training camp. So too should the players, including Kyrie Irving, who sat out the Nets’ playoff sweep at the hands of Toronto. Brooklyn does have to re-sign starting wing Joe Harris and consider possible trades to better complement Durant and Irving, but the sky is the limit for a talented group under rookie coach Steve Nash. — Kevin Pelton


11. Toronto Raptors
2019-20 record: 53-19
Result: L, East semifinals
2021 title odds: +2000

The Raptors’ focus remains on 2021, when they’re expected to be one of many teams in pursuit of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. In the meantime, the Raptors have three key players — guard Fred VanVleet and big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol — who will be unrestricted free agents. VanVleet is one of the best players on the market and could be in for a big payday this offseason. Ibaka and Gasol could both return on one-year deals, though there is a possibility that Gasol returns to his native Spain to finish out his career. Then there is the status of team president Masai Ujiri, who has one year left on his contract. Coach Nick Nurse recently signed a contract extension and general manager Bobby Webster is expected to sign his own sometime soon. — Bontemps


12. Houston Rockets
2019-20 record: 44-28
Result: L, West semifinals
2021 title odds: +2500

General manager Daryl Morey needs to hire a new head coach after Mike D’Antoni decided not to wait and see whether he’d be welcomed back to Houston following the expiration of his contract and Houston’s second-round playoff exit. That might be the only major offseason change for the Rockets, as there isn’t much flexibility given their expensive roster. One big question: Will indispensable 35-year-old small-ball center P.J. Tucker get the contract extension he seeks? — MacMahon


13. Utah Jazz
2019-20 record: 44-28
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +4000

The Utah front office never wavered on its long-term plan to build around Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, despite friction in their relationship that was exacerbated by their COVID-19 diagnoses. That confidence was justified by the chemistry and professionalism the duo displayed in the bubble. It’s an easy decision to sign Mitchell to a max extension as he enters the final season of his rookie deal. Extension discussions with Gobert, who is eligible for the supermax, probably will be much more complicated. Limited in ways to upgrade the cast around their franchise cornerstones, the Jazz can’t afford to miss with their midlevel exception. — MacMahon


14. Portland Trail Blazers
2019-20 record: 35-39
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +3000

This was somewhat of a transition year for the Blazers. They dealt with key departures from a group that went to the Western Conference finals, as well as a rash of injuries that put them in a hole to climb out of just to make the playoffs. Their bubble run was rousing, but ultimately capped a disappointing season. Continuity has been the hallmark of the Blazers, who’ve retained the same GM, the same coach and the same star. The roster is largely under contract (Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony are the big offseason questions), but changes will need to be made for the Blazers to rise back to the upper tier of the West. — Royce Young


15. Oklahoma City Thunder
2019-20 record: 44-28
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +5000

The Thunder were one of the league’s surprise success stories last season, given the expectation was that the roster was going to be sold off for parts to the highest bidder as the franchise began an inevitable rebuild. And with virtually the entire roster back next season — except Danilo Gallinari, who is an unrestricted free agent — the Thunder will enter the 2020-21 season in pretty much the same situation. As long as they have Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and Steven Adams, they’re going to be competitive in the West. But as soon as an enticing trade offer comes for one — or all — of them, the rebuild will be on. — Young


16. Indiana Pacers
2019-20 record: 45-28
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +10000

After a third first-round sweep in four years, Indiana chose to move on from coach Nate McMillan. This season, Indiana never got a chance to see what its full roster would look like healthy. Whomever is tapped to replace McMillan will have to figure out how to get the Pacers to level up as the top of the Eastern Conference rapidly becomes competitive. President of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and the front office also have to figure out what to do with Victor Oladipo, who is entering the final year of his contract and could leave as an unrestricted free agent in 2021 if he isn’t signed to a contract extension this offseason. — Bontemps


17. New Orleans Pelicans
2019-20 record: 30-42
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +5000

The first order of business for the Pelicans will be to figure out who their next head coach will be. New Orleans interviewed Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue last week and still have more candidates lined up. Once that’s taken care of, the Pelicans can start to see how the 2020-21 season will look. They’ll have to decide on a Brandon Ingram max contract, which seems inevitable at this point. How else Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin continues to build around Zion Williamson remains to be seen. New Orleans also has big decisions to make on Jrue Holiday (eligible for an extension or a possible trade candidate) as well as Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart (rookie extension eligible). — Andrew Lopez


18. Memphis Grizzlies
2019-20 record: 34-39
Result: L, West play-in
2021 title odds: +10000

The Grizzlies essentially punted on free agency this offseason when they completed the Justise Winslow deal — taking back two bad contracts from Miami in the trade — and agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension with Dillon Brooks. Memphis has its young foundation in place with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. serving as the pillars, and the Grizzlies proved this season that they can be competitive during the developmental process. An offseason priority should be agreeing to a deal with restricted free agent De’Anthony Melton, a 22-year-old impact reserve guard. — MacMahon


19. Phoenix Suns
2019-20 record: 34-39
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +6000

The Suns made noise with their 8-0 run during their brief time inside the bubble and have to be feeling as good as they have in a long time entering the offseason. Monty Williams has the Suns trending in the right direction. Phoenix will continue to build around Devin Booker, who scored 30 or more points in five of their eight bubble games. Deandre Ayton can be a force and has room to improve. Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson show promise. The Suns have to figure out what to do with Dario Saric, Aron Baynes, Frank Kaminsky and Kelly Oubre Jr., but the future is looking bright in Phoenix. — Youngmisuk


20. Orlando Magic
2019-20 record: 33-40
Result: L, first round
2021 title odds: +20000

The Magic remain in arguably the worst place a professional franchise can be in heading into next season — the middle. Jonathan Isaac‘s knee injury was a huge blow for an organization that was banking on him to develop as part of its core. Aside from the roster questions, the Magic’s biggest issue is that they haven’t filled the superstar void they’ve had since Dwight Howard left. — Friedell


21. Washington Wizards
2019-20 record: 25-47
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +10000

We’re nearing two full years since John Wall‘s last NBA game in December 2018. Wall returns to a Wizards team that was competent without him offensively but had the league’s worst defensive rating when the season stopped. Though Washington is looking to develop young talent like 2019 lottery pick Rui Hachimura, the Wizards will also aim to contend with Wall and Bradley Beal together in the backcourt. That means re-signing free agent Davis Bertans and adding a defense-minded center. If that doesn’t work, Washington will have to consider trading Beal ahead of his possible 2022 free agency. — Pelton


22. San Antonio Spurs
2019-20 record: 32-39
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +20000

For the first time since 1997, the Spurs watched the playoffs from home. Of course, their fortunes changed in the 1997-98 season as they drafted Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. It’s unlikely the Spurs will get that sort of talent this year with the No. 11 pick. The Spurs had some success playing small with DeMar DeRozan, who is expected to opt in to his $27.7 million player option, at power forward in the bubble with LaMarcus Aldridge and Trey Lyles out. Is that something San Antonio will try to use again moving forward? — Lopez


23. Sacramento Kings
2019-20 record: 31-41
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +20000

Sacramento disappointed in the bubble while failing to make the playoffs for the 14th straight season. And now Joe Dumars and Monte McNair are helping owner Vivek Ranadive make decisions with Vlade Divac gone. The Kings’ new regime has four picks, including the 12th pick in the draft, but it will have to figure out what to do with restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic and a potential extension for De’Aaron Fox. Buddy Hield, who didn’t seem thrilled with his sixth man role last season, enters next season with a big contract extension. Luke Walton, entering his second season, will be joined by new associate head coach Alvin Gentry. — Youngmisuk


24. Atlanta Hawks
2019-20 record: 20-47
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +10000

There were flashes of promise for the young Hawks, but inexperience, immaturity and issues derailed them early and they never found any momentum. John Collins25-game suspension halted a promising start, and their defensive problems were prominent throughout. With another lottery pick, cap space and an attractive group in place, the Hawks appear ready to rise. — Young


25. Minnesota Timberwolves
2019-20 record: 19-45
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +20000

Following a busy trade deadline that saw new Timberwolves executive Gersson Rosas overhaul his roster, highlighted by the addition of 2019 All-Star D’Angelo Russell, Minnesota landed the No. 1 pick in the August lottery. Now the pressure is on the Timberwolves to make strides next season, when they will owe their first-round pick to the Warriors (with top-three protection) as part of the Russell trade. After making the pick, Minnesota must re-sign restricted free agents Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez (who started after being acquired from Denver) and cobble together a competent defense to complement what should be a potent offensive attack. — Pelton


26. Chicago Bulls
2019-20 record: 22-43
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +10000

The Chicago Bulls failed to reach the postseason for the third consecutive season. The organization cleaned house with a new front office, led by executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas, and new head coach Billy Donovan. Chicago has the No. 4 pick in the draft to add to its young core of Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Coby White and Zach LaVine. Now, they will need to stay healthy to see how the pieces blend together. — Woodyard


27. Charlotte Hornets
2019-20 record: 23-42
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +40000

After losing Kemba Walker, the Hornets managed to hang around the fringes of the East playoff race thanks to second-year point guard Devonte’ Graham‘s development into a quality starter. The NBA’s fourth-worst point differential (minus-6.8 per game), however, shows how much room there is for improvement. That started with lottery luck, as Charlotte landed the No. 3 pick. To contend for a playoff spot, the Hornets will need more internal development from recent lottery picks Miles Bridges and Malik Monk and to make effective use of a projected $19 million in cap space to upgrade at center. — Pelton


28. Detroit Pistons
2019-20 record: 20-46
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +30000

Motown fans were disappointed after another lackluster season during which the Pistons finished 20-46. The Pistons kicked off the offseason by bringing in new general manager Troy Weaver, who is widely respected for his ability to evaluate talent dating to his 12 seasons in Oklahoma City. Veterans Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose were key pieces on last season’s roster, but injuries continued to plague them. Weaver will have a lot of work on his hands to restore the organization — working in his favor is massive cap space in addition to the No. 7 overall pick in the NBA draft. — Woodyard


29. Cleveland Cavaliers
2019-20 record: 19-46
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +30000

The post-LeBron James era hasn’t been kind to Cleveland, as the Cavaliers have posted back-to-back 19-win seasons. A key question for head coach J.B. Bickerstaff: How will Cleveland use guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland going forward? The Cavs also have big men with All-Star experience in Andre Drummond and Kevin Love, but they have big decisions to make in regard to Love’s future — he is owed over $80 million over the next three seasons — and whether Drummond is a strong long-term fit. — Woodyard


30. New York Knicks
2019-20 record: 21-45
Result: Missed playoffs
2021 title odds: +30000

Another season, another new direction for the Knicks. Having hired super-agent Leon Rose as team president in March, New York brought in Tom Thibodeau as head coach. Now New York needs to build a better-fitting roster than the one that finished 21-45 last season. The first order, whether in free agency, trade or with the No. 8 pick, is to put more shooting and playmaking around RJ Barrett, last year’s No. 3 overall pick. The hope is Thibodeau will improve a defense that hasn’t rated better than league average since 2011-12. — Pelton

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‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez-‘El Gallo’ Estrada rematch has the potential to be another classic battle

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Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez scored impressive wins on Friday in Mexico City to set up a potential rematch of their tremendous battle in 2012, which Gonzalez won by unanimous decision.

Chocolatito defeated Israel Gonzalez by unanimous decision to retain his WBA junior bantamweight belt, and then in the main event, Estrada stopped Carlos Cuadras in Round 11 after recovering from a third-round knockdown.

Estrada’s win over Cuadras — his second victory over Cuadras, who he beat by points the first time around by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles — bookends an impressive run. Since that fight Estrada has gone 15-1, and Gonzalez has been on point himself during that period with a record of 16-2, 13 KOs — with both of those losses coming at the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Estrada’s lone loss in that stretch also came at the hands of SSR, though Estrada later avenged that defeat by defeating Rungvisai in a rematch in April 2019.

So, what can we expect in the rematch? Can Gonzalez repeat history, or is Estrada the better fighter now? Steve Kim breaks it down.

What do you expect from an Estrada-Gonzalez rematch?

Another classic battle. Having been lucky enough to have been at their first clash back in 2012 at the LA Sports Arena, I expect the second chapter to be just as entertaining, if not more so. Just for the simple fact that both boxers have so much on the line, and that they are both incredibly prideful, world-class fighters.

You could say that Gonzalez is no longer in his prime, but since his KO loss in the second Sor Rungvisai fight in 2017, he is now in a career renaissance of sorts — and he’s still an offensive force, one who simply avalanches his foes in leather. Estrada is also an improved fighter since their first meeting, and has been yearning for revenge.

Their styles mesh perfectly: the steady two-fisted arsenal of Chocolatito, who weaves exquisite combinations, against the precise, heavy-handed counter-punches from Estrada.

It’s time to find out who is the lord of the super flys.

How does Estrada win?

By being the younger, fresher fighter down the stretch. Which means he’ll have to overcome the steady work rate of Gonzalez in the first half of the fight, withstand all that comes his way and land his share of body shots early to set up a strong finishing kick. Gonzalez is still a solid puncher at 115, but he isn’t hitting through his opponents as he did at lower weight classes.

At this stage of their careers and this weight class, Estrada might actually be the more forceful puncher. But he can’t allow himself to be outworked in the early rounds to a degree that he falls too far behind, as he did in his first bout with Sor Rungvisai.

How does Gonzalez win?

Does Gonzalez have another great night in him? He is 33, which is unusually old for a smaller fighter to be at the world-class level. Once again, he’ll have to get in great shape and then be prepared to set a fast pace, be the busier fighter than Estrada — especially early on — and hopefully soften him up enough to a point where he wont have enough in the gas tank to come on strong.

Chocolatito will most likely be an underdog in this rematch, but as you saw in Estrada-Cuadras II, a lot of leather was landed by Estrada before he secured the TKO. Cuadras is a bit of a slap hitter, one that doesn’t completely turn his punches over, and that isn’t the case with Gonzalez, who throws punches with great torque and balance that gives him the ability to throw one punch after another seamlessly.

Should Martinez move up to face Gonzalez and/or Estrada? Or should he stay at flyweight and unify titles?

If Martinez can’t get a unification bout with Moruti Mthalane at flyweight, he should go big game hunting at junior bantamweight, where there are bigger, more recognizable names. And as he waits for Estrada and Gonzalez to engage in their rematch there are other names For Martinez to pursue, like Joshua Franco, Kazuto Ioka or Jerwin Ancajas, who all have title belts and would make for interesting fights.

Martinez is a highly entertaining fighter that also brings pressure, is relentless and has shown a willingness to mix it up from the very first bell. He doesn’t just throw a lot of punches, Martinez also has very bad intentions on each punch.

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Finau’s health and game are doing well after his recovery from COVID-19

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tony Finau is feeling good, all things considered. And he’s relieved. Not only is he on his way back after contracting the coronavirus, but he has a big tournament to look forward to next month.

“The silver lining for me is I’m 100 percent going to play in the Masters,” Finau said Friday at Sherwood Country Club, where he shot a second-round 64 in the Zozo Championship. He trails leader Justin Thomas by 3 strokes.

Finau learned a lot about COVID-19 during his 10-day quarantine in Las Vegas after testing positive on Oct. 6, which forced him to withdraw from the Shriners for Childrens Hospital Open two weeks ago.

Among those lessons is he knows he is no longer contagious, even though he has tested positive five times since his initial diagnosis. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control state that a person can return to work 10 days following the onset of symptoms, provided there is no fever.

They also say that those who contract COVID-19 and experience symptoms will likely continue to test positive for weeks, even though they are not contagious. So Finau does not have to worry about a positive test knocking him out of the Masters — a concern Phil Mickelson raised earlier this week.

Finau had hoped to play at last week’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, and the fact that he was still in Las Vegas made that easier. He was cleared to practice on that Wednesday but did not feel well enough to play.

“It just wasn’t going to happen,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling up to it. I needed another week.”

Finau, 31, said he started to experience flu-like symptoms on Oct. 3. Two days later, he drove from his Salt Lake City home to the tournament in Las Vegas. He was tested the following day, with the positive result forthcoming.

“For the first five days, it got worse,” said Finau, who was required by the PGA Tour to quarantine in Las Vegas for 10 days — with a $75,000 stipend provided. “I had massive headaches, body aches. I didn’t feel like doing anything. It got me really good — fatigue-wise. I’m very active. Work out quite often. Always playing golf or with my kids and quite active. It knocked me down. There’s no question about it.

“For those 10 days, I didn’t feel like doing anything. I obviously didn’t get to practice. I lost my taste and smell after about four days. Still don’t have it back. That kind of sucks; I’m quite a foodie. It was not the experience I thought I was going to have. Most guys are asymptomatic. They say if you’re young and healthy, it’s not a big deal. I think I gained some respect for the virus.”

Finau said he does not know where he contracted the virus but was told it likely occurred during a time frame of 48 to 72 hours before his symptoms set in. He wondered about a tournament where he caddied for one of his kids. He had not competed since the U.S. Open last month.

The PGA Tour has played tournaments for four months, with a limited number of issues due to COVID-19. The Tour has announced 15 positive tests among players it has tested. Three prominent players have tested positive in the past three weeks: Finau, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.

Ranked 17th in the world, Finau has been busy since the PGA Tour’s restart following a 13-week break due to the pandemic. He played 12 times through the U.S. Open, where he tied for eighth. He also tied for fourth at the PGA Championship and had three other top-10 finishes.

“It was worse than the flu and it lasted way longer,” he said. “This was 10 days of a little bit worse symptoms than the flu and fatigue. Not really feeling like doing anything. Not really comfortable in your skin. It was quite rough. But I’m on the back end of it and I’m happy about that.

“Not that I felt I was ever going to die, but it can take your immune system to a place where I can totally see being hospitalized from it and affecting your life. In a way, I gained a respect for the actual virus. Not that I wasn’t taking it seriously. But I understand the measures that are being taken, whether you agree with it or not, it’s probably the right thing to do.”

Finau did not begin practicing again until last Saturday. He had planned to play both Las Vegas events and the Zozo, so he lost two weeks of tournament golf, a bit of a setback in his Masters preparation.

“I’m just trying to be as healthy as possible now,” Finau said. “I’ve made some great strides in the last week. Just how my body feels. I’ve got this week. I’m playing Houston. Played a great round of golf today which is huge for me. And I think [Augusta National] is a place where I can play well no matter what.”

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Source: Washington QB Haskins fined for virus violation

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ASHBURN, Va., — The Washington Football team fined quarterback Dwayne Haskins for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Haskins made a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel the night before Washington played at the New York Giants last week. The team fined him $4,833 — the maximum it could have fined him was $14,650, a source told Schefter. Another source said Haskins had made a reservation for this person, but it was caught before the person arrived, so there was never any contact.

Washington has not had any positive test cases since the team reported for training camp in late July. The team also was the first to pull its scouts off the road in the spring when the pandemic hit and among the first to close its building.

Haskins, the 15th overall pick in 2019, was inactive for the game, a 20-19 loss. Washington benched him two weeks ago in favor of Kyle Allen.

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