The NBA has postponed Thursday’s Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns game – which marks the tenth postponed game of the 2020-21 season.
COVID-19 cases have been surging in recent weeks due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to holiday gatherings, air travel, and increased transmission risk due to the prevalence of contamination.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that 16 new players have tested positive for COVID-19 since January sixth.
16 new NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus out of 497 tested since Jan. 6, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics have had multiple games postponed due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing.
Today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that three Wizards players have tested positive for COVID-19.
A third Washington Wizards player has tested positive for the coronavirus, sources tell ESPN. The NBA postponed Wednesday and Friday games involving the team this week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 14, 2021
The league is reviewing whether or not the Wizards’ games on Sunday and Monday will have to be postponed.
The Celtics are scheduled to return to action Friday against the Orlando Magic – albeit without Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Robert Williams.