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Here’s how COVID-19 affected Boston Celtics guard Carsen Edwards

On Wednesday, Carsen Edwards confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Carsen Edwards talked about his experience with COVID-19 on Wednesday. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

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Boston Celtics guard Carsen Edwards was inactive for four games earlier this month due to health and safety protocols, shortly after several other Celtics were ruled out.

On Wednesday, Edwards spoke to the media via Zoom for the first time since he returned to the lineup. He was asked if he had indeed tested positive for COVID-19, like many players who are out due to health and safety.

“I don’t know what I’m allowed to talk about,” Edwards said. “But I mean, I did test positive, and I had symptoms for a couple of days. But then after that, I was kind of just — I lost my taste and my smell, and then after that, I was quarantined. The first two nights were rough, but after that I was just kind of in quarantine just trying to stay out the way and be healthy and get healthy. But I’m fine now. I feel better.”

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Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams both tested positive as well, and like Edwards, both experienced mild symptoms.

Since his return, Edwards has seen an uptick in minutes. He played nearly 20 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, racking up 18 points, and he played 12 minutes against the Chicago Bulls.

“I’m still just working, and I’m still trying to improve and be consistent,” Edwards said. “But I mean, I feel like anyone can say that along with kind of seeing and going through it and just kind of playing, and eventually I guess it will slow down. But for me, I still just believe that there’s a lot of room for improvement. So at the end of the day, I’m not going to say that the game has completely slowed down. But I just think it’s just seeing stuff where you can grow, continue to try to find ways to improve.”

Edwards said his focus has primarily been on making the right play, believing that good things will result.

“Some shots are not going to go in, some shots are,” Edwards said. “Some nights you have good nights, sometimes you won’t. But you can always control how hard you play. There’s things you can control, like your assignments and stuff like that, I feel like that’s where you should start. But then also, I feel like those are ways to get yourself in a rhythm, and then everything else will fall into place. So that’s kind of why I approach everything that way.”

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