The N.B.A. postponed two Nets video games on Sunday in a brand new wave of schedule adjustments as a coronavirus outbreak swept via the league.
The Nets’ house video games in opposition to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday and the Washington Wizards on Tuesday have been postponed, as have been Sunday’s video games for Cleveland at Atlanta and New Orleans at Philadelphia. A Monday sport between Orlando and Toronto was additionally postponed, bringing to seven the whole variety of coronavirus-related postponements this season.
The N.B.A. has not mentioned when the video games shall be made up. Final season, greater than 30 video games have been postponed not less than partly due to the virus.
Dozens of gamers have entered the N.B.A.’s well being and security protocols over the previous two weeks, that means they’ve examined constructive for the coronavirus or been uncovered to somebody who has. Typically, gamers should isolate for 10 days or return two destructive exams 24 hours aside to return to play. The league and gamers’ union plan to extend testing after Christmas Day in response to the outbreak, however haven’t indicated that they’re contemplating pausing the season. Greater than 95 p.c of N.B.A. gamers have been vaccinated, in accordance with the league and gamers’ union.
Additionally on Sunday, the N.H.L. introduced that “as a result of concern about cross-border journey and, given the fluid nature of federal journey restrictions,” it will postpone 21 video games slated for Monday via Dec. 23 and which pitted Canadian in opposition to U.S.-based groups. These video games are scheduled to renew on Dec. 27.
And the N.F.L. and N.F.L. Gamers Affiliation on Saturday made a change to its testing protocols, the fourth such adjustment in per week.
The N.B.A.’s present outbreak has affected stars and groups throughout the league, together with some scheduled to play throughout the league’s marquee slate of 5 video games on Christmas. A Nets-Lakers matchup is part of that slate, however 9 Nets gamers — together with Kevin Durant and James Harden — are being held out of video games and practices for virus causes.