By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
For the second time in as many days, a scheduled Celtics game has been impacted by a lack of players due to the league’s health & safety protocols. On Monday afternoon, the NBA announced it is postponing Boston’s game against the Bulls, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
This is the second-straight Celtics game to be postponed. Following Jayson Tatum’s positive COVID test on Saturday, Sunday’s meeting with the Heat was also moved. Both games are expected to be made up at a to-be-determined date during the second half of the NBA season.
The postponements come as teams struggle to fill their rosters out with the minimum requirement of eight active players among a surge of COVID cases around the league. On the Celtics, Tatum and Robert Williams have tested positive, with five others unavailable due to a league-mandated quarantine following contact tracing. Had Boston had to play on Sunday night, they would have had just eight active players.
Celtics-Bulls wasn’t the only NBA game postponed on Monday. A matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans was also pushed back in accordance with the league’s health & safety policy. Following what is now a string of postponements, many have called for the league to pause the season. League executives and the NBPA are expected to hold a call at some point Monday afternoon to discuss the next steps.
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