In the event of a Nets outburst, a six-time All-Star could see significant playing time.

The NBA's COVID-19 kings may be in Chicago right now, but the Brooklyn Nets appear to be giving them a run for their money.

Four more Nets players appear to be joining forward Paul Millsap in health and safety protocols, less than 24 hours after it was reported that he had entered them.

LaMarcus Aldridge, forward James Johnson, wing DeAndre' Bembry, and guard Jevon Carter have all entered health and safety protocols, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

As a result, unless they can return two negative PCR test results 24 hours apart, all of the above will be forced to quarantine for at least the next 10 days.

Brooklyn's most recent encounter with Covid occurs at an inopportune moment.

Joe Harris is still out due to ankle surgery, and Kyrie Irving is still on the bench due to his protest of New York City's strict vaccine mandate.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is questionable for the Nets' game against the Raptors on Tuesday due to right ankle soreness.

Despite the fact that the outbreak is affecting all positions, Brooklyn's frontcourt has been particularly hard hit.

According to Basketball Reference's position estimate, Aldridge had been starting at center for weeks, Millsap has split time between the four and the five, and Johnson has spent nearly half of his minutes at power forward.

With all of those players likely out for an extended period of time and Durant's status uncertain, one can't help but wonder if Steve Nash will increase Blake Griffin's workload.

The six-time All-Star has only played in two games for the Nets since his shocking benching in late November.

On December 8, he had a strong 13-minute stint in Houston, then had nine uneventful minutes in the Nets' most recent win over the Pistons.

After showing signs of life down the stretch of 2020-21, Griffin was named the team's starting power forward to begin the year.

However, he has only averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season, shooting 33% from the field and 15.8% from beyond the arc.

Griffin understood why he was demoted in favor of Aldridge.

Aldridge was a rock in the sixth man role, and he's even better now that he's in the starting five.

The seven-time All-Star is averaging 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while hitting 56.5 percent of his shots in his first eight games as a starter.

Griffin said at the time, via Nets Daily, "I mean, [Aldridge] has been playing unbelievable."

"So, I totally understand starting him, especially since Joe [Harris] has been out."

He was taken aback to find himself out of the rotation entirely, but he insisted on doing everything he could to carry out Nash's vision for the team.

"Being completely out of it, I didn't see that coming, but that's not my decision; as players, it's our job to do whatever our coaches think is best, so that's what it is at this point."

Griffin's best bet right now is to play.

Even though he has struggled in 2021-22, the Nets have been 2.1 points per 100 possessions better when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court when he has been on the court

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