Just hours before tipoff on Sunday, January 17 (Monday, January 18, Manila time), the NBA postponed a second game on the schedule – the Philadelphia 76ers at the Oklahoma City Thunder – expanding the number of games the league has postponed to 15 in the first month of the season.
“Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Sixers, the team does not have the league-required 8 available players to proceed with the scheduled game against the Thunder,” the league announced.
On Friday, the NBA postponed both games in a two-game miniseries between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards that was scheduled for Sunday and Monday in D.C. Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team did not have the league-required 8 available players to play against Cleveland.
Next up for the Sixers is a two-game series at home versus the Boston Celtics scheduled for Wednesday and Friday. The Thunder are scheduled to travel to Denver for a matchup against the Nuggets on Tuesday.
The following is a list of the games that have been postponed:
- Jan. 19: Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves
- Jan. 18: Cavaliers vs. Wizards
- Jan. 17: 76ers vs. Thunder, Cavaliers vs. Wizards
- Jan. 16: Pacers vs. Suns
- Jan. 15: Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves, Wizards vs. Pistons, Warriors vs. Suns
- Jan. 13: Hawks vs. Suns, Jazz vs. Wizards, Magic vs. Celtics
- Jan. 12: Celtics vs. Bulls
- Jan. 11: Pelicans-Mavericks
- Jan. 10: Heat vs. Celtics
- Dec. 23: Thunder vs. Rockets