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The NBA and COVID-19: Game postponements, latest news and updates

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Windhorst: NBA has to adopt changes to COVID protocols (1:17)

Brian Windhorst explains why the NBA needs to address COVID protocols and contact tracing. (1:17)

The NBA continues to grapple with COVID-19-related and contact-tracing issues. The league's health and safety protocols have sidelined players; games have been postponed; and teams have been forced to take the court with the minimum eight active players.

Amid thinning rosters and growing concern across the league, the NBA has no plans to pause the season, a league spokesman told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

As the situation evolves, here is everything to know about how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the NBA:


Game postponements

Here is every game postponed this season due to the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. No makeup dates have been set.

  • Dec. 23: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

  • Jan. 10: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

  • Jan. 11: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

  • Jan. 12: Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls

  • Jan. 13: Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics

  • Jan. 13: Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards

  • Jan. 13: Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns

  • Jan. 15: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

  • Jan. 15: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns


What we know and don't know about the NBA's updated COVID-19 protocols

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The NBA's COVID-19 preparation is already being tested

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News and analysis: How COVID-19 is impacting the NBA