SAN ANTONIO — The next three San Antonio Spurs games have been postponed by the National Basketball Association because of four players testing positive for COVID-19. That's after Tuesday's game was already postponed – for a total of four games now impacted by the pandemic.
The NBA said the games have been "postponed in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols."
Those games are:
- Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Cleveland
- Saturday, Feb. 20 at New York
- Monday, Feb. 22 at Indiana
The Charlotte Hornets’ next two games (Wednesday, Feb. 17 vs. Chicago and Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Denver) have been also been postponed in response since the team played the Spurs on Sunday, Feb. 14. The NBA said additional contact tracing for players on both San Antonio’s and Charlotte’s rosters is underway in order to ensure the health and safety of players on both teams.
That news follows Monday's announcement that one person tested positive within the Spurs organization.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted the news Tuesday morning, saying Charlotte is also undergoing contract tracing and will have their next two games postponed as well. He said that the Spurs have remained quarantined in Charlotte since Sunday's game.
The San Antonio Spurs game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday was postponed after it was reported by ESPN that there was a positive test within the Spurs organization. It's still unclear if that test is from a player, coach, or other member of the staff. This was the first game postponed due to a positive test in the organization.
This comes after Sunday night's Spurs game against the Hornets. The Spurs beat the Hornets 122-110 in Charlotte, and backcourt pair Derrick White and Dejounte Murray combined for 51 points in the game. San Antonio moved to 16-11 on the season, and they started the Rodeo Road Trip 2-0.
Basketball conversations obviously take a backseat to the health and safety of the players and staff. Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford released a brief statement.