San Antonio’s video game in New Orleans was aborted Monday night in the most recent virus-related post ponement for the NBA, one that came when the league determined that neither group would have enough players offered.

As has actually been the case with the majority of the other games that have actually been delayed, contact tracing was mentioned as the cause. But rather of it including simply one group– as has been the case with each of the season’s previous 21 posts ponement prior to Monday– this one included both clubs.


” Due to the fact that of ongoing contact tracing within both the Spurs and Pelicans, neither group has the league-required 8 available players to continue with the set up video game,” the NBA said, sending that announcement less than 2 hours before the prepared tip-off time.

San Antonio became the 24 th group to have at least one video game postponed up until now this season because of the virus. The Spurs played Washington– a team that went 13 days in between games since of 6 players testing favorable for COVID-19 and 3 others missing time due to the fact that contact tracing recommended they may have been exposed to the infection– on Sunday night.

Of the 22 posts ponement this season, 21 have been made because Jan. 10.

The Spurs-Pelicans video game being called off wasn’t the only problem for the NBA on Monday on the infection front. The Los Angeles Clippers dismissed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for Tuesday’s game in Atlanta in accordance with the league’s health and wellness procedures.

A person with understanding of the scenario said Leonard and George might be able to return at some time throughout the Clippers’ four-game journey, depending upon what the NBA decides with regard to their circumstances. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of privacy since neither the team nor the league discussed those cases publicly.

Likewise Monday, the Boston Celtics said Jayson Tatum would bet the first time since Jan. 8 in their video game at Chicago.

The Celtics are set up to go to San Antonio on Wednesday. The uncertainty surrounding the Spurs now obviously puts that video game in some jeopardy.

” My idea would be we should not fly there up until we understand,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s my only thought going through my mind with all the travel we have turning up.”


Memphis’ house game versus Sacramento, set up for Monday, was delayed recently, and the Grizzlies’ Wednesday game in Chicago was cancelled also. The Grizzlies are up to 6 posts ponement, matching Washington for the most in the NBA.

Depending Upon the Spurs’ circumstance, Memphis’ layoff might get longer. The Grizzlies are expected to play in San Antonio on Saturday.

The Pelicans have upcoming home games versus Washington on Wednesday, Milwaukee on Friday and Houston on Saturday.


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