The NBA said in a news release that they have postponed Monday’s Dallas-New Orleans game and Tuesday’s Chicago-Boston game “ in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols." The Mavericks and Celtics do not have eight available players.
Following positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday among the Mavericks traveling party, Dallas closed its practice facility while the team conducted contact tracing. Four players (Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Josh Richardson) were listed as out for Monday’s game against New Orleans. More Mavs players entered the health and safety protocols after further contact tracing.
The Celtics’ game against Miami was postponed on Sunday because the Heat didn’t have a minimum of eight players available. Boston had at least seven players sidelined for the postponed Heat game, and health and safety protocols sidelined more players for Tuesday’s game against Chicago.
These are the third and fourth games postponed this season because of the league’s health and safety protocols.