NBA Considers Pausing Season as COVID Cases Rise Among Players

The NBA announced on Monday it has postponed scheduled games between New Orleans and Dallas on Monday and Boston and Chicago on Tuesday due to Covid-19 issues

The other game, besides Sunday's Boston-Miami matchup, to have been postponed was the December 23 game between Oklahoma City and Houston. Starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith, and backup Jalen Brunson had already been ruled out; those three stayed behind in Denver after a win over the Nuggets on Thursday and missed Saturday's victory at home against Orlando.

In 10 games played this season (all starts), Tatum has produced a team-high 26.9 points on 47.4% shooting (43.8% 3-PT, 88.9% FT), 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.0 steal in 34.6 minutes. This was because contact tracing had left the Heat with fewer than eight available players. The Heat are scheduled to play in Philadelphia on Tuesday - but as of Monday afternoon, they remained in their Boston hotel, unsure of their next steps. Boston has now had its last two contests called off after the Miami Heat were unable to dress the minimum eight eligible players for Sunday's matchup.

A meeting between the league's board of governors has also been scheduled for Tuesday, sources told Wojnarowski. Discussions will reportedly include pregame and postgame on-court socializing, the length of practices and shootarounds, and more rigid mask rules. A game earlier in the season between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets was also postponed for similar reasons.


"We anticipated that there would be game postponements this season and planned the schedule accordingly", National Basketball Association spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN in a statement on Sunday.

The Celtics were expected to be without numerous players as well after All-Star Jayson Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

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