The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the daily operations of the NBA’s 2021-22 season.
An increase in COVID-19 in the month of December has caused more than 100 NBA players to return positive tests and enter the league’s COVID health and safety protocols. Several teams have been affected more than others, with up to 13 players from a team placed in protocols at the same time.
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As of December 30, the NBA postponed a total of 11 games due to a lack of available players on the teams. Under NBA rules, a game is postponed when a team has fewer than eight players available.
Below you will find the list of games that have been postponed and a tally of the most affected teams.
NBA games postponed to 2021-22
|December 14th||Pistons against bulls||TBA|
|December 16||Bulls vs. Raptors||TBA|
|Decembre 19th||Cavaliers vs. Falcons||TBA|
|Decembre 19th||Nuggets against networks||TBA|
|Decembre 19th||Pelicans vs 76ers||TBA|
|December 20th||Magic against Raptors||TBA|
|December 21||Wizards against networks||TBA|
|December 22th||Raptors against bulls||TBA|
|December 23th||Nets vs. Trail Blazers||TBA|
|December 29||Heat vs Spurs||TBA|
|December 30||Warriors vs. Nuggets||TBA|
NBA games postponed by team
- Bulls, Nets, Raptors: three games
- Nuggets: two games
- 76ers, Cavaliers, Hawks, Heat, Magic, Pelicans, Pistons, Spurs, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Wizards – one game
To combat availability issues, the NBA and NBPA reportedly made amendments to the league’s hardship waiver on Dec. 20, allowing teams to sign a replacement player for each positive COVID-19 case on their respective rosters.
In some cases, however, replacement players were also placed within COVID health and safety protocols, which, along with injuries, has led to the most recent postponements.
When will catch-up games be rescheduled?
The league has yet to announce when these games will be made up.
Unlike the 2020-21 season, when the truncated 72-game schedule was announced in two halves, the 82-game schedule for the 2021-22 season was announced in full. The games are likely to be rescheduled according to the travel of the affected teams.
In the case of the Bulls and Raptors, it is necessary to reschedule two games between the teams.