Avoiding mass postponements of games and schedule re-shuffling was reportedly the mandate of NBA owners on a conference call last week – they did not want a repeat of last season, where 30 games were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The NBA has postponed five games over the next three days due to COVID-19 outbreaks and teams not being able to field eight healthy players. The games are:
The following games are impacted:
Sunday, Dec. 19
Denver at Brooklyn
Cleveland at Atlanta
New Orleans at Philadelphia
Monday, Dec. 20
Orlando at Toronto
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Washington at Brooklyn
That brings to seven the number of postponed games this season, including two Bulls games from last week. Rescheduling will be difficult, unlike last season when the NBA only released half the schedule out of caution, this season the NBA released the full 82-game slate for teams and there are limited spaces to add games.