NBA postpones virus-exhausted Celtics game against Orlando

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New York (AFP)

The Boston Celtics saw their NBA home game against Orlando postponed Tuesday by league officials for lack of minimum roster after being ravaged by Covid-19.

The league said testing and contact tracing among the Celtics left the team without eight capable players to speak.

This marked the fifth postponement of the three-week NBA season due to coronavirus concerns and came as team owners were scheduled to meet following discussions with the players’ union over the health and safety protocols of the players. virus.

Originally scheduled for Wednesday, this is the Celtics’ third game in four days to be wiped off the schedule, a race that began Sunday when Miami couldn’t put the minimum of eight players on the floor to face Boston due to tests and positive contacts for Covid-19. trace.

The Celtics, who themselves would have only had eight players in their roster after losing seven to the virus reserve roster, also had a game scheduled for Tuesday against Chicago postponed by the NBA on Monday.

Tuesday’s announcement came as the Washington Wizards announced they would place two unidentified players on the Covid-19 reserve list and canceled a training session accordingly.

“Out of caution, the team canceled testing scheduled for today,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The first posts of the NBA club injury list on Tuesday showed eight players for the Miami Heat due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols, including star Jimmy Butler, and five others released. gap for Philadelphia.

The NBA also postponed a New Orleans Pelicans game in Dallas on Monday. The first NBA game postponed this season by Covid-19 issues was on December 23 between Oklahoma City and Houston.

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