Multiple NBA Games Postponed This Week Due To COVID-19

By Jason Hall

January 11, 2021

Multiple NBA games scheduled for this week have been postponed due to COVID-19.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported both the Dallas Mavericks-New Orleans Pelicans game initially set for Monday (January 11) night and the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls game scheduled for Tuesday (January 12) night will be rescheduled for later dates, which was later confirmed by the NBA.

Wojnarowski reports both the Mavericks and Celtics are short of the minimum requirements for active players due to Health and Safety Protocols. The league has now postponed four games due to COVID-19 protocols during the 2020-21 season, which began in late December.

"Mavericks shut down facility on Sunday amid COVID-19 issues. This is third NBA game -- including Sunday's Boston-Miami game -- the league has postponed this season," Wojnarowski shared on Twitter. "Ongoing contact tracing left the Mavericks without the necessary eight available players to play the Pelicans tonight, source tells ESPN.
"NBA has postponed Celtics-Bulls on Tuesday too, league says. Source says Boston remains short the necessary players."

ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports the four Mavericks players out due to health and safety protocols include Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson and Maxi Kleber and did not add any due to contact tracing after Kleber tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday (January 10.)

ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports the NBA and NBPA will meet today regarding the possible modification of the league's Health and Safety Protocols.

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