Michael Malone has acknowledged Michael Porter Jr. has been away from the team because he tested positive for COVID-19.

"Well it would be nice if we were fully healthy," Malone said. "We were without two starters tonight -- no Gary Harris, no Michael Porter. I don't think we have been whole the whole year. JaMychal Green was out early, Michael Porter has been out with COVID, and Gary was not here due to personal reasons. I think that's one thing that will help us."

Porter last played on Dec. 29 at Sacramento. Porter went into a seven-day quarantine due to contract tracing and was then ruled out on Jan. 7 due to health and safety protocols.