NBA COVID tracker: League postpones 10th game of season, Heat Short required eight players to face Spurs

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With the omicron variant rampant, the NBA rosters are evolving. Among the many players who have recently integrated the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols include Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry. In related news, since December 26, more stringent protocols – tighter mask requirements, increased testing – have been in effect. These rules will be in effect until January 8.

Another change is that some players can now clear health and safety protocols and resume play as early as six days after testing positive, provided they are asymptomatic and not contagious.

Between the amended return-to-play policy and the new rule requiring teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA aims to avoid postponing games. So far there have been 10 postponements this season:

  • Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (originally scheduled for December 29)
  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers (December 23)
  • Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (December 22)
  • Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets (December 21)
  • Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors (December 20)
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers (December 19)
  • Denver Nuggets at the Brooklyn Nets (December 19)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks (December 19)
  • Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors (December 16)
  • Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls (December 14)

Five coaches are on health and safety protocols: Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) and Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls).

Below is a regularly updated, team by team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Actors of health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (December 28)
  • Gorgui Dieng (December 28)
  • Malik Ellison (December 28)
  • Delon Wright (December 27)
  • Jalen Johnson (December 26)
  • John Collins (December 26)
  • Onyeka Okongwu (December 25)
  • Sharife Cooper (December 23)
  • Kevin Huerter (December 22)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (December 22)
  • Lou Williams (December 22)
  • Danilo Gallinari (December 21)

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum (December 27)
  • Dennis Schroder (December 25)
  • Bruno Fernando (December 24)
  • CJ Miles (December 24)
  • Aaron Nesmith (December 24)
  • Enes Kanter Liberté (December 23)

brooklyn nets

  • Kessler Edwards (December 23)
  • David Duke Jr. (December 23)
  • Day’Ron Sharpe (December 18)

Charlotte hornets

  • Scottie Lewis (December 27)
  • Miles Bridges (December 26)
  • PJ Washington (December 26)

Chicago Bulls

  • Marko Simonovic (December 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (December 28)
  • Bal Lonzo (December 26)
  • Tony Bradley (December 26)
  • Alfonzo McKinnie (December 26)

The Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Darius garland (December 28)
  • Cedi Osman (December 25)
  • Ed Davis (December 21)
  • Jarrett Allen (December 19)
  • Lamar Stevens (December 19)
  • Dylan Windler (December 19)

The Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandon Knight (December 29)
  • Boban Marjanovic (December 29)
  • JaQuori McLaughlin (December 23)
  • Luka Doncic (December 22)
  • Trey Burke (December 22)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (December 21)
  • Maxi Kléber (20 dec.)

Detroit Pistons

  • Josh Jackson (December 26)
  • Cory Joseph (December 26)
  • Trey Lyles (December 25)
  • Killian Hayes (December 23)
  • Saben Lee (December 23)
  • Rodney McGruder (December 23)
  • Isaiah Stewart (December 23)
  • Cade Cunningham (December 22)

Warriors of the Golden State

  • Draymond Green (December 26)
  • Moïse Moody (December 24)
  • Damion Lee (December 22)

Houston rockets

  • KJ Martin (December 27)
  • Jae’Sean Tate (December 27)
  • DJ Augustin (Dec 26)
  • Matthews Garrison (December 26)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (December 29)
  • Moïse Wright (December 27)
  • Jay Scrubb (December 26)

the Los Angeles Lakers

  • Rajon Rondo (December 26)
  • Trevor Ariza (December 23)

Memphis Grizzly

  • John Konchar (December 28)
  • Dillon Brooks (December 26)
  • De’Anthony Melton (December 26)
  • Yves Pons (Dec. 26)
  • Jarrett Culver (December 23)

miami heat

  • Max Strus (December 29)
  • PJ Tucker (December 29)
  • Gabe Vincent (December 29)
  • Zylan Cheatham (December 29)
  • Udonis Haslem (December 28)
  • Kyle Lowry (December 25)

Minnesota Timber Wolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (December 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (December 23)
  • McKinley Wright IV (December 23)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (December 20)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • José Alvarado (December 25)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (December 23)
  • Naji Marshall (December 23)

New York Knicks

  • Wayne Selden (December 28)
  • Jericho Sims (December 25)
  • Nerlens Noël (December 22)

Thunder of Oklahoma City

  • Derrick Favors (December 28)
  • Josh Giddey (December 28)
  • Alexej Pokusevski (December 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (December 27)
  • Aaron Wiggins (December 27)
  • Darius Bazley (December 26)

Magic of Orlando

  • Hassani Gravett (December 28)
  • Chuma Okeke (December 26)
  • Mychal Mulder (December 22)
  • Mo Bamba (December 17)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Danny Green (December 22)
  • Shake Milton (December 19)

Phoenix Suns

  • Deandre Ayton (December 27)
  • Jae Crowder (December 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Jusuf Nurkic (December 26)
  • Cody Zeller (December 26)
  • Robert Covington (December 25)
  • Ben McLemore (December 25)
  • Keljin Blevins (December 25)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (December 24)
  • Trendon Watford (December 24)

Kings of Sacramento

San Antonio Spurs

  • Devontae Cacok (December 29)
  • Dejounte Murray (December 26)

Toronto Raptors

  • Isaac Bonga (December 25)
  • Justin Champagnie (December 25)
  • OG Anunoby (December 22)
  • Fred VanVleet (December 21)
  • Precious Achiuwa (December 21)
  • Scottie Barnes (December 21)

Wizards of Washington

  • Rui Hachimura (December 28)
  • Montrezl Harrell (December 28)
  • Thomas Bryant (December 27)
  • Anthony Gill (December 27)
  • Aaron’s Day (December 27)
  • Raul Neto (December 26)
  • Bradley Beal (December 23)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pape (December 21)
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