NBA postpones 5 upcoming matches due to health and safety protocols

(AFP) – The National Basketball Association on Sunday postponed a total of five games involving nine teams in response to the rising numbers of the Corona virus, bringing the number of competitions postponed this season to seven.

Three games were canceled on Sunday: Cleveland in Atlanta, Denver in Brooklyn and New Orleans in Philadelphia. The Orlando game in Toronto on Monday and Washington’s game in Brooklyn on Tuesday were also cancelled.

The postponements came on the same day Atlanta announced star goalkeeper Trae Young had entered the league’s health and safety protocols and the Los Angeles Lakers said coach Frank Vogel had also been added to the list.

The team said the Cavaliers had five players entering protocols on Sunday. All five — Garrett Allen, forwards Lamar Stevens and Dylan Wendler and guards Denzel Valentine and RJ Nymbard — have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not specifically disclose it. the details.

They are joined by Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley, who had previously entered the protocols.

Vogel will not be on the bench when his team plays Sunday in Chicago. The Lakers said David Wiesdal will replace Vogel. The Bulls are back on the field after two games were postponed last week. During Saturday’s games, those were the only games the NBA has suspended during this outbreak – with more than 50 players placed on the protocols roster in recent days.

But on Sunday, the league significantly added to the list of postponements, as teams did not have enough players to compete. Brooklyn alone has 10 players – plus some employees – in the protocols.

“That is what it is. Just try to stay as safe as possible and that’s all you can do,” Lakers guard Russell Westbrook said of the NBA numbers rising, before returning three negative tests. At least he is allowed to come back to play without missing a match.

The NBA and the NBA are discussing a plan in which teams desperate for players can sign boosters to 10-day contracts but without the deals affecting salary caps and fancy tax figures. This deal has not yet been finalized, although talks are continuing.

Players in Brooklyn’s protocols include Kevin Durant, James Harden – though still unable to play – Kyrie Irving, who has been kept all season for noncompliance with NYC vaccinations. The team reverse course on Friday and said Irving will be welcomed back “for games and practices in which he is eligible to participate,” meaning road games except for those in San Francisco, which also mandates vaccinations.

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