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Will the Nets play Lakers on Christmas Day? Details after Trail Blazers game postponed



Another NBA game has been postponed.

On Wednesday, the NBA announced that Thursday’s meeting between the Nets and Trail Blazers has been postponed because Brooklyn doesn’t have the “league-required eight available players to proceed with the game.”

The Nets currently have 10 players in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including their three stars in Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

This will mark the third straight game the Nets have had postponed.

MORE:ย Updated team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols

Will the Nets play Lakers on Christmas Day?

The next game on the schedule for the Nets is a Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers.

There’s no word yet on whether or not that game will be postponed, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the NBA told teams that are playing on Christmas Day to “be prepared for game times to shift as late as Dec. 24” in a memo.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver appeared on ESPN’s “NBA Today” later in the day and said that “as of now, our plan is to move forward not just for the Christmas Day games, but there are another roughly 23ย games scheduled between now and Christmas.”

“Every day is a new day,” Silver continued. “We get the overnight testing. We look where we are in terms of our rosters andย make our decisions. But at least,ย as I said, it seems for us the right and responsible thingย to doย taking all the factors into considerationย is to continue to play.”

News broke that Durant had entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Dec. 18. Harden entered on Dec. 14ย and Irving entered on Dec. 18.

As TSN’s Gilbert McGregor explained, ifย any player tests positive for COVID-19, they must spend a minimum of 10 days away from their team unless they return two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour span.

Unvaccinated players whoย are flagged for contact tracing must quarantine for seven days and can return to action should they continue to return negative tests. In most cases, vaccinated players who are flagged for contact tracing will not be required to quarantine, but need seven days of more frequent testing.

In addition to receiving clearance from the league, individual teams can implement a return-to-play program to ensure a player is prepared for the cardiovascular demands of getting back on the floor.



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