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NBA Postpones Two Games Due to COVID-19 Protocols

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Two early-week games have been postponed as the NBA grapples with burgeoning COVID-19 numbers.

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The NBA has postponed two more competitions in response to the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases. AP’s Tim Reynolds reported that the league has pushed back Monday’s contest between the Mavericks and Pelicans. In addition to that contest, the league also postponed Tuesday’s game between the Bulls and Celtics.

Monday’s game in Dallas between the Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed by the league, as well as Tuesday’s matchup in Chicago between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. The league’s general managers were meeting Monday to discuss the league’s current virus situation, with involvement from the National Basketball Players Association. The NBA’s board of governors will meet Tuesday on the topic.

Along with the announcements regarding the postponements, Reynolds framed the events that unfolded over the weekend—prompting the NBA to delay games at the start of the week.

The latest postponements come one day after Miami’s game in Boston was called off because of contact-tracing issues within the Heat. The Celtics would have had only the league-minimum eight available players for that game — after seven were ruled out in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols for playing amid the ongoing pandemic. Miami’s Avery Bradley, who did not play in the NBA’s restart bubble last season out of concern about exposure to the virus, was also ruled out of that game because of the protocols.

The Trail Blazers contest against the Raptors on Monday night is still on schedule.

You can read the complete report from Reynolds by clicking here.