Another NBA game has been postponed.
On Wednesday, the NBA announced that Thursday’s meeting between the Nets and the Trail Blazers was postponed because Brooklyn does not have the “eight available players required by the league to continue the game.”
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– NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 22, 2023
The Nets currently have 10 players in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including their three stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
This will mark the third straight game the Nets have postponed.
MORE: Updated team-by-team player list in health and safety protocols
Will the Nets play the Lakers on Christmas Day?
The next game on the Nets’ schedule is a Christmas Day showdown with the Lakers.
Whether or not that game will be postponed is not yet known, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that the NBA has told teams playing on Christmas Day to “be prepared for game times to change until May 24. December “in a memo.
The NBA told Christmas Day teams to prepare for game times to change through Dec. 24 with a priority on filling the ABC windows of 2:30 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to the memo shared with the 10 teams that play. on Saturday.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2023
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appeared on ESPN’s “NBA Today” later that day and said that “as of now, our plan is to move forward not just for the Christmas Day games, but there are 23 others. games scheduled between now and Christmas. “
“Every day is a new day,” Silver continued. “We have the tests overnight. We look at where we are in terms of our rosters and make our decisions. But at least, as I said, it seems to us that the right and responsible thing is to continue to take into account all the factors to play. “
It was learned that Durant had entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Dec. 18. Harden entered December 14th and Irving entered Dec. 18.
As TSN’s Gilbert McGregor explained, if any player tests positive for COVID-19, they must spend a minimum of 10 days away from their team unless they return two negative PCR tests within 24 hours.
Unvaccinated players who are marked for contact tracing must remain in quarantine for seven days and can return to action if they continue to return negative tests. In most cases, vaccinated players who are marked for contact tracing will not be required to self-quarantine, but will need seven days of more frequent testing.
In addition to receiving clearance from the league, individual teams can implement a return-to-play program to ensure that a player is prepared for the cardiovascular demands of returning to the court.