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NBA COVID tracker: League postpones 10th game of season, Heat short required eight players to face Spurs

NBA COVID tracker: League postpones 10th game of season, Heat short required eight players to face Spurs

Here’s a running list of players in health and safety protocols along with every game postponed this season

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With the omicron variant running rampant, NBA rosters are in flux. Among the many players to enter the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols recently are Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry. In related news, since Dec. 26, tighter protocols — stricter mask requirements, increased testing — have been in effect. These rules will be in place until Jan. 8. 

Another change: Some players can now clear health and safety protocols and return to play as soon as six days after testing positive, provided that they are asymptomatic and not contagious.  

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Between the tweaked return-to-play policy and the new rule mandating teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA is aiming to avoid postponing games. So far, there have been 10 postponements this season:

  • Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (originally scheduled for Dec. 29)
  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers (Dec. 23)
  • Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 22)
  • Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 21)

  • Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 20)
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 19)
  • Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 19)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (Dec. 19)
  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 16)
  • Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 14)

Five coaches are in health and safety protocols: Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) and Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls).

Below is a regularly updated, team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Players in health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (Dec. 28)
  • Gorgui Dieng (Dec. 28)

  • Malik Ellison (Dec. 28)

  • Delon Wright (Dec. 27)
  • Jalen Johnson (Dec. 26)

  • John Collins (Dec. 26)
  • Onyeka Okongwu (Dec. 25)

  • Sharife Cooper (Dec. 23)

  • Kevin Huerter (Dec. 22)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Dec. 22)
  • Lou Williams (Dec. 22)
  • Danilo Gallinari (Dec. 21)

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum (Dec. 27)
  • Dennis Schroder (Dec. 25)
  • Bruno Fernando (Dec. 24)
  • CJ Miles (Dec. 24)
  • Aaron Nesmith (Dec. 24)
  • Enes Kanter Freedom (Dec. 23)

Brooklyn Nets

  • Kessler Edwards (Dec. 23)
  • David Duke Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Day’Ron Sharpe (Dec. 18)

Charlotte Hornets

  • Scottie Lewis (Dec. 27)
  • Miles Bridges (Dec. 26)
  • PJ Washington (Dec. 26)

Chicago Bulls

  • Marko Simonovic (Dec. 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (Dec. 28)
  • Lonzo Ball (Dec. 26)
  • Tony Bradley (Dec. 26)
  • Alfonzo McKinnie (Dec. 26)

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Darius Garland (Dec. 28)
  • Cedi Osman (Dec. 25)
  • Ed Davis (Dec. 21)
  • Jarrett Allen (Dec. 19)
  • Lamar Stevens (Dec. 19) 

  • Dylan Windler (Dec. 19) 

Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandon Knight (Dec. 29)
  • Boban Marjanovic (Dec. 29)
  • JaQuori McLaughlin (Dec. 23)

  • Luka Doncic (Dec. 22)
  • Trey Burke (Dec. 22)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dec. 21)
  • Maxi Kleber (Dec. 20)

Detroit Pistons

  • Josh Jackson (Dec. 26)
  • Cory Joseph (Dec. 26)

  • Trey Lyles (Dec. 25)
  • Killian Hayes (Dec. 23)
  • Saben Lee (Dec. 23)
  • Rodney McGruder (Dec. 23)
  • Isaiah Stewart (Dec. 23)
  • Cade Cunningham (Dec. 22)

Golden State Warriors

  • Draymond Green (Dec. 26)
  • Moses Moody (Dec. 24)
  • Damion Lee (Dec. 22)

Houston Rockets

  • KJ Martin (Dec. 27)
  • Jae’Sean Tate (Dec. 27)
  • D.J. Augustin (Dec. 26)
  • Garrison Matthews (Dec. 26)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (Dec. 29)
  • Moses Wright (Dec. 27)
  • Jay Scrubb (Dec. 26)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Rajon Rondo (Dec. 26)
  • Trevor Ariza (Dec. 23)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • John Konchar (Dec. 28)
  • Dillon Brooks (Dec. 26)
  • De’Anthony Melton (Dec. 26)
  • Yves Pons (Dec. 26)
  • Jarrett Culver (Dec. 23)

Miami Heat

  • Max Strus (Dec. 29)
  • P.J. Tucker (Dec. 29)
  • Gabe Vincent (Dec. 29)
  • Zylan Cheatham (Dec. 29)  

  • Udonis Haslem (Dec. 28)
  • Kyle Lowry (Dec. 25)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (Dec. 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Dec. 23)
  • McKinley Wright IV (Dec. 23)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (Dec. 20)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Jose Alvarado (Dec. 25)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Dec. 23)
  • Naji Marshall (Dec. 23)

New York Knicks

  • Wayne Selden (Dec. 28)
  • Jericho Sims (Dec. 25)
  • Nerlens Noel (Dec. 22)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Derrick Favors (Dec. 28)
  • Josh Giddey (Dec. 28)
  • Aleksej Pokusevski (Dec. 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Dec. 27)
  • Aaron Wiggins (Dec. 27)

  • Darius Bazley (Dec. 26)

Orlando Magic

  • Hassani Gravett (Dec. 28)
  • Chuma Okeke (Dec. 26)
  • Mychal Mulder (Dec. 22)
  • Mo Bamba (Dec. 17)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Danny Green (Dec. 22)
  • Shake Milton (Dec. 19)

Phoenix Suns

  • Deandre Ayton (Dec. 27)
  • Jae Crowder (Dec. 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Jusuf Nurkic (Dec. 26)
  • Cody Zeller (Dec. 26)

  • Robert Covington (Dec. 25)
  • Ben McLemore (Dec. 25)
  • Keljin Blevins (Dec. 25)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Dec. 24)
  • Trendon Watford (Dec. 24)

Sacramento Kings

  • Neemias Queta (Dec. 21)

San Antonio Spurs

  • Devontae Cacok (Dec. 29)

  • Dejounte Murray (Dec. 26)

Toronto Raptors

  • Isaac Bonga (Dec. 25)
  • Justin Champagnie (Dec. 25)
  • OG Anunoby (Dec. 22)
  • Fred VanVleet (Dec. 21)
  • Precious Achiuwa (Dec. 21)
  • Scottie Barnes (Dec. 21)

Washington Wizards

  • Rui Hachimura (Dec. 28)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Dec. 28)
  • Thomas Bryant (Dec. 27)
  • Anthony Gill (Dec. 27)
  • Aaron Holiday (Dec. 27)
  • Raul Neto (Dec. 26)
  • Bradley Beal (Dec. 23)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Dec. 21)

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