NBA Christmas Day: League is reportedly putting in place contingency plans due to COVID, but group stage games are still scheduled

As COVID-19 once again swept across the NBA, the league had to make major adjustments. Seven games have has been postponedand as more players join health and safety protocols every day, it’s possible that number will grow in the near future.

In particular, the federation is concerned about the big Christmas holiday and has begun to make contingency plans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Changes to the schedule could come as late as December 24 and NBA is planning to prioritize the ET 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. time slots on national TV, by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

But while further schedule changes may be required, Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that the league has no plans to pause the season. “This virus will not be eradicated, and we will have to learn to live with it.” Silver said.

As it stands, here’s the Christmas Day schedule:

Going into Tuesday, the Suns and Jazz are the only teams scheduled to play at Christmas without at least one player following health and safety regulations. Although with the current situation, that could obviously change by the time we hit the 25th.

Here are the number of players on each team currently in the protocols and when they joined:

Eagle:

Knicks:

Celtics:

Shove:

Warriors:

Nets:

Lakers:

Mavericks:

The Nets are currently the hardest-hit team in the league, with 10 players currently on the protocol, including Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving – the latter of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 almost immediately after starting the process of rejoining the team. They postponed two matches: December 19th from the match Denver Nuggets and December 21 vs Washington Wizards.

Players who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or testing positive. They can exit the protocols after 10 days have passed, or if they return two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart. That means the Nets could have some players back for Christmas, including Harden, who joined on December 14. Durant, however, joined on December 18, which means he may not be present.

Other big names scheduled to play at Christmas who are currently joining the protocols include Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trae Young, Andrew Wiggins and Al Horford. The first entered the country on December 14, so he could get cleaned up before Christmas, but the latter three weren’t available that day.

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