San Antonio Spurs have four gamers take a look at constructive for COVID-19; 5 video games postponed

The NBA has postponed the San Antonio Spurs‘ subsequent three video games after 4 gamers on the group examined constructive for COVID-19, the league introduced Tuesday.

The Charlotte Hornets, who performed the Spurs on Sunday, are present process contact tracing and can have their subsequent two video games postponed, the NBA mentioned.

The Spurs have remained quarantined in Charlotte, North Carolina, since Sunday’s recreation, sources advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

San Antonio’s affected video games have been scheduled for Wednesday on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday on the New York Knicks and Monday on the Indiana Pacers.

San Antonio’s subsequent potential recreation is Feb. 24 on the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, which means the Spurs can have greater than per week between contests — becoming a member of the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies as groups to endure such a scenario this season.

Spurs Sports activities and Leisure CEO R.C. Buford mentioned that “basketball is secondary” proper now given the scenario in Texas with the winter storm inflicting energy outages within the state this week.

“Our group is responsibly dealing with our well being and security scenario and can return to taking part in video games as quickly as it’s protected to take action,” Buford mentioned.

The Hornets video games affected have been scheduled for Wednesday towards the Chicago Bulls and Friday towards the Denver Nuggets.

Charlotte’s subsequent potential recreation is now Saturday at house towards the Golden State Warriors, in what can be Stephen Curry‘s annual return to North Carolina, the place he grew up.

Charlotte coach James Borrego mentioned that “there is no indication that anyone” on the Hornets’ roster is constructive for COVID-19. However the Hornets completed their recreation with the Spurs with simply eight obtainable gamers, and Borrego confessed that he does not know what his roster will seem like if Saturday’s recreation goes on as scheduled.

“The league is doing every part they will to assemble data and much more data,” Borrego mentioned. “They are going to watch us over this subsequent week and ensure we’re OK. I feel that is actually the place it begins.”

The postponements introduced Tuesday push the whole of video games which have been moved again this season due to constructive assessments or contact-tracing points to 29, together with the Spurs’ recreation on the Detroit Pistons that was to have been performed Tuesday evening. The NBA referred to as that recreation off on Monday.

Detroit will now play at Chicago on Wednesday and Denver will play at Cleveland on Friday, the NBA mentioned. Each video games have been initially focused for the second half of the season. The NBA has mentioned it should shuffle some video games, when potential, to accommodate the necessity to reschedule video games within the second half of the season.

The NBA doesn’t reveal which gamers examined constructive, however its announcement of the most recent postponements mentioned the Spurs had constructive assessments amongst gamers — and didn’t point out coaches. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich introduced final month, on his 72nd birthday, that he has acquired the vaccine that protects towards the results of COVID-19.

The Spurs have been with out guard Quinndary Weatherspoon for his or her recreation Sunday towards Charlotte due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols; Weatherspoon had performed 10 minutes on Friday in Atlanta towards the Hawks, then was flagged the protocols over the weekend.

Being dominated out due to the protocols can counsel any variety of issues, together with a constructive take a look at, a suspected constructive take a look at or contact-tracing knowledge exhibiting {that a} participant might need been uncovered to an individual with COVID-19.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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