NBA news: Tuesday’s Pistons-Spurs game postponed

The NBA announced on Monday that Tuesday’s game between the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs is being postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols. 

A Spurs player has tested positive, and the regulated contact tracing leaves the team without the eight players the NBA requires.

This is the 25th game the NBA has postponed this season due to COVID-19 protocols. That’s not a small number, but the league has significantly slowed the postponements over the last several weeks. The Spurs-Pistons game is just the third game to be postponed in February. Compared to January, which had 21 total postponements, that’s quite an improvement. 

The improvement is likely due to the additional health and safety protocols the NBA and NBPA agreed to in mid-January, most of which centered on player activity. Players could no longer leave the team hotel while they were traveling (except for team activities or emergencies), they could only arrive at the arena three hours before game time, seating charts were required for all team meetings and travel, and players had to wear masks pretty much anytime except for when they’re actually playing.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 25: An usher leaves the arena after the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed in accordance with the league's COVID-19 protocols at Smoothie King Center on January 25, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the league, both teams did not have the required number of players needed to compete due to contact tracing within both organizations. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Spurs and Pistons will not be playing on Tuesday due to a positive COVID-19 test on the Spurs. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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