NBA

San Antonio Spurs-New Orleans Pelicans game called off, as NBA's virus woes continue


San Antonio’s game in New Orleans was called off Monday night in the latest virus-related postponement for the NBA, one that came when the league determined that neither team would have enough players available.


Also Monday: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the two best players on the Los Angeles Clippers, were ruled out for Tuesday's game in Atlanta because of the league's health and safety protocols.


“Because of ongoing contact tracing within both the Spurs and Pelicans, neither team has the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game,” the NBA said, sending that announcement less than two hours before the planned tip-off time.


The Spurs played Washington — a team that went 13 days between games because of six players testing positive for COVID-19 and three others missing time because contact tracing suggested they may have been exposed to the virus — on Sunday night.


The only teams that have not had a game postponed this season are Brooklyn, New York, Toronto, Denver, the Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.


The NBA is still considering having an All-Star Game this season and if it happens it would fall during that window, according to a person who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details have been publicly announced.






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