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Team USA-Australia Game Cancelled Due to Protocols

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Health and safety issues for Team USA put the kibosh on the exhibition.

2021 USAB Mens Practice Photo by Madison Quisenberry/NBAE via Getty Images

The Team USA-Australia men’s basketball game scheduled for Friday, July 16th as a warm-up for the 2021 Summer Olympics has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Earlier today Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Bradley Beal and Jerami Grant had both gone under health and safety protocols, though Grant had not tested positive for COVID. Now he reports that Friday’s game has been canceled for the same reason.

Cancellation makes sense in this case, as the game is essentially meaningless while the threat of infection for both teams is not.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has also reported that Beal will not return for the Olympics and that Team USA will be looking to replace him.

The U.S. team is 1-2 so far in exhibition play, losing to Nigeria and Australia before defeating Argentina.

Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday are expected to join Team USA at the conclusion of the 2021 NBA Finals, bolstering the depleted lineup.