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NBA postpones 5 games due to COVID-19 outbreak

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NBA postpones 5 games due to COVID-19 outbreak

OUT. James Harden (left) and Kevin Durant have been sidelined due to protocols.

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The Nets have been particularly hard hit, with stars Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving among the nine players unable to suit up due to COVID-19 protocols

The NBA on Sunday, December 19 (Monday, December 20, Manila time) announced it had postponed the next two Brooklyn Nets games and three other games because of the high number of players and staff who have entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia 76ers will also have games rescheduled because of the recent wave of new cases.

Seven NBA games have been postponed since last week. On Monday, the Chicago Bulls postponed two games after players and staff members were placed in protocols.

The Eastern Conference-leading Nets have been particularly hard hit, with stars Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving among the nine players unable to suit up due to the protocols.

Cleveland’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday was postponed after five Cavaliers players tested positive for COVID-19 in the morning, ESPN reported.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel also entered into the protocols and missed their 110-115 loss in Chicago. Assistant David Fizdale served as the acting coach against the Bulls.

Lakers forward Kent Bazemore also entered the protocols on Sunday, becoming the seventh Lakers’ player to do so amid the current outbreak. – Rappler.com