By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Author
San Antonio’s recreation in New Orleans was known as off Monday night time within the newest virus-related postponement for the NBA, one which got here when the league decided that neither workforce would have sufficient gamers obtainable.
As has been the case with a lot of the different video games which were postponed, contact tracing was cited because the trigger. However as an alternative of it involving only one workforce — as has been the case with every of the season’s earlier 21 postponements previous to Monday — this one concerned each golf equipment.
“Due to ongoing contact tracing inside each the Spurs and Pelicans, neither workforce has the league-required eight obtainable gamers to proceed with the scheduled recreation,” the NBA mentioned, sending that announcement lower than two hours earlier than the deliberate tip-off time.
San Antonio grew to become the twenty fourth workforce to have at the least one recreation postponed to this point this season due to the virus. The Spurs performed Washington — a workforce that went 13 days between video games due to six gamers testing optimistic for COVID-19 and three others lacking time as a result of contact tracing instructed they might have been uncovered to the virus — on Sunday night time.
Of the 22 postponements this season, 21 have been made since Jan. 10.
The Spurs-Pelicans recreation being known as off wasn’t the one unhealthy information for the NBA on Monday on the virus entrance. The Los Angeles Clippers dominated out Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for Tuesday’s recreation in Atlanta in accordance with the league’s well being and security protocols.
An individual with information of the scenario mentioned Leonard and George might be able to return in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the Clippers’ four-game highway journey, relying on what the NBA decides with regard to their conditions. The individual spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of neither the workforce nor the league spoke about these instances publicly.
Additionally Monday, the Boston Celtics mentioned Jayson Tatum would play for the primary time since Jan. 8 of their recreation at Chicago.
The Celtics are scheduled to go to San Antonio on Wednesday. The uncertainty surrounding the Spurs now clearly places that recreation in some jeopardy.
“My thought can be we must always not fly there till we all know,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned. “That’s the underside line. That’s my solely thought going by means of my thoughts with all of the journey we’ve got developing.”
Memphis’ dwelling recreation in opposition to Sacramento, scheduled for Monday, was postponed final week, and the Grizzlies’ Wednesday recreation in Chicago was known as off as properly. The Grizzlies are as much as six postponements, matching Washington for probably the most within the NBA.
Relying on the Spurs’ scenario, Memphis’ layoff might get longer. The Grizzlies are purported to play in San Antonio on Saturday.
The Pelicans have upcoming dwelling video games in opposition to Washington on Wednesday, Milwaukee on Friday and Houston on Saturday.
AP Sports activities Writers Andrew Seligman in Chicago and Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed.
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