Will the Nets play the Lakers on Christmas Day? Details after Trail Blazers game was postponed
Another NBA game has been postponed.
On Wednesday, the NBA announced that Thursday’s meeting between the Nets and the Trail Blazers had been adjourned because Brooklyn did not have “eight players available as required by the league to continue the game.”
The Nets currently have 10 players on the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol, including their three stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
This will mark the third game in a row that the Nets have been postponed.
THAN: Updated player-by-team roster in health and safety protocols
Will the Nets play the Lakers on Christmas Day?
The next game on the Nets’ schedule is a Christmas Day game against the Lakers.
There’s no word yet on whether that game will be postponed, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the NBA has told teams playing on Christmas Day to “prepare for game time.” moved to December 24 at the latest” in a memo.
The NBA has asked teams over the Christmas Holidays to prepare for changed game times by December 24 with a priority to fill the ABC windows of 2:30 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. ET, and 8 p.m. evening, according to a memo shared with 10 teams of players. on Saturday.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2021
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appeared on ESPN “NBA Today” later in the day and said that “as of right now, our plan is to continue not only for the Christmas Day games, but for the about 23 more are scheduled between now and Christmas.”
“Every day is a new day,” Silver continued. “We get the test overnight. We look at our position on the list and make our decision. But at least, like I said, for us, the right thing and yes. the responsibility to do considering all the factors is to keep playing.”
News broke that Durant had joined the league’s health and safety protocols on December 18. Harden is in December 14 and Irving joined in December 18.
As TSN’s Gilbert McGregor explained, if any player tests positive for COVID-19, they must be away from their team for a minimum of 10 days unless they return two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour period.
Unvaccinated players flagged for contact tracing must quarantine for seven days and may return to action if they continue to return negative tests. In most cases, vaccinated players flagged for contact tracing will not be required to quarantine, but need seven days of more frequent testing.
In addition to receiving a license from the federation, individual teams can implement a return program to ensure players are prepared for the cardiovascular demands of their return to the ring.