NBA postpones Pelicans-Mavs, Celtics-Bulls games due to COVID-19 protocols
On Monday, the NBA postponed two more basketball games due to COVID-19-related concerns and contact-tracing issues. With that, the NBA postponed Monday’s game featuring the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, along with Tuesday’s tilt featuring the Boston Celtics at the Chicago Bulls.
This is the second consecutive postponed game for the Celtics, who saw their previous game against the Miami Heat postponed due to contact-tracing issues within the Heat organization. The latest two games mark four postponed games thus far and the league is now in its third straight day with at least one postponed contest.
The NBA has mandated that a competing team must have at least eight players cleared to play, per the league’s health and safety protocols. However, several teams across the league have recently struggled with positive tests and contract tracing.
In light of the increase of postponed games and COVID-19-related issues, the league is planning to meet with the NBPA on Monday and the board of governors on Tuesday to discuss “modifying the league’s health and safety protocols.” Some of these topics will include potentially reexamining the length of shootarounds and practices, pregame and postgame socializing on court, further restrictions on restaurant dining, and tighter rules on wearing masks and being socially distant. For more sports coverage, click here.