The Boston Celtics-Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards-Utah Jazz games, scheduled for Wednesday in the NBA, were postponed due to the coronavirus, league officials reported Tuesday.
The Celtics-Magic meeting was postponed as the former lacked a minimum roster of available players.
Those games mark the fifth and sixth postponement of the three-week season due to issues from the virus and came after NBA team owners met with the players’ union about covid health and safety protocols. -19.
It is the Celtics’ third game in four days that has been postponed, a streak that began Sunday when Miami was unable to put the minimum of eight players on the court to face Boston due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
The Celtics also saw on Monday how Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls was postponed.
The league said testing and contact tracing between the Celtics left the team without eight capable players on the court.
That announcement came as the Washington Wizards signaled that they would place two unidentified players on the covid-19 reserve list and canceled a workout Tuesday as a result.
The first posts on the NBA club injury list Tuesday showed eight players out of the Miami Heat due to covid-19 health and safety protocols, including star Jimmy Butler.
The Heat, after completing contact tracing, also put center Bam Adebayo and Slovenian Goran Dragic on the list of health protocols, among others.
The NBA had also postponed the game between the New Orleans Pelicans against the Mavericks in Dallas on Monday.
The Washington Wizards’ home game against the Utah Jazz scheduled for Wednesday was also postponed Tuesday night, the sixth game eliminated this season.
The first NBA game postponed this season due to COVID-19 issues was on December 23 between Oklahoma City Thuner and Houston Rockets.