One other N(BA) sport was referred to as off Sunday due to coronavirus issues, and the Memphis Grizzlies mentioned heart Jonas Valanciunas won’t play Monday due to the league’s well being and security protocols.
The N(BA) mentioned the Philadelphia at Oklahoma Metropolis sport, scheduled for Sunday night time, couldn’t be performed as a result of the 76ers didn’t “have the league-required eight available players to proceed” due to contact tracing.
It was the 13th sport referred to as off since Jan. 10 due to virus points, a span during which the N(BA) and the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation have stiffened protocols and even added testing with hopes of protecting the season going with out a lot in the way in which of further issues.
“Nobody is complaining,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey mentioned. “It’s completely different. We have now to drift. We belief and consider within the N(BA), that they’re doing what’s proper for us and our households.”
That 76ers-Thunder dedication was made about 90 minutes earlier than the deliberate begin time. The 76ers performed in Memphis on Saturday night time, shedding 106-104 in a sport the place Valanciunas performed 20 minutes.
The Grizzlies mentioned he could be unable to play Monday towards Phoenix due to the league’s protocols — which may imply many various issues together with a constructive check, an inconclusive check or doable publicity to somebody who’s constructive for COVID-19.
It’s the second time this month that the protocols have flagged Valanciunas. He was pulled at halftime of Memphis’ sport towards Brooklyn on Jan. eight due to some form of virus-related challenge, however was again on the courtroom for the Grizzlies’ subsequent sport Jan. 11 towards Cleveland.
“False alarm. Everyone around me is healthy and I am cleared to get back on the court,” Valanciunas wrote on Instagram final week.
Phoenix’s sport in Memphis on Monday is scheduled to be the Suns’ first sport in per week. The Suns mentioned they’d be lacking three gamers for virus-related points, however the crew has not mentioned if that’s due to contact tracing or constructive assessments.
“There was a lot that happened this week, so much out of our control,” Suns coach Monty Williams mentioned Sunday. “We understood what the league was trying to do as far as keeping everybody safe. It’s just a different world we live in.”
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Minnesota, which had a sport Friday referred to as off after Karl-Anthony Cities revealed he examined constructive, is scheduled to play Monday in Atlanta. Ricky Rubio has additionally been dominated out by the Timberwolves for virus-related causes.
The Wolves didn’t take off for Atlanta on Sunday till after 7 p.m. EDT, a number of hours delayed, presumably for assessments to be processed and be certain that Minnesota would have sufficient gamers in a position to take the ground.
Sunday’s postponement is the primary for Philadelphia and Oklahoma Metropolis since this newest wave of virus points within the N(BA) began earlier this month, and raised the whole to 18 groups who’ve seen at the very least one sport referred to as off since Jan. 10. The Thunder additionally had a sport in Houston referred to as off Dec. 23 as a result of the Rockets didn’t have sufficient gamers eligible to play, largely due to contact tracing points.
Cleveland’s sport in Washington on Sunday additionally was referred to as off, as was the deliberate rematch between the golf equipment on Monday. These selections had been made final week when the Wizards mentioned 9 gamers — six with constructive COVID-19 assessments and three others snagged by contact tracing — weren’t cleared to be on the ground.
A constructive for the Wizards: their six wholesome gamers had been in a position to return to the crew apply facility Sunday for 1-on-Zero exercises. The earliest Washington will play is Wednesday at Charlotte. If that sport occurs, will probably be the tip of a nine-day break for the Wizards.
Plenty of different N(BA) gamers stay ineligible to play due to the league’s protocols, together with Miami’s Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley — each of whom will miss a fourth consecutive sport Monday when the reeling Warmth play host to Washington. And Jayson Tatum missed one other sport Sunday for Boston, additionally with “protocols” cited as the rationale, and the Celtics had been overwhelmed by the New York Knicks.
Tim Reynolds of The Related Press wrote this story.