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The Spurs-Pelicans game has been postponed due to COVID tracing

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Neither team has the required 8 players available

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The NBA has announced that tonight’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed due to COVID 19 contact tracing within both programs.

The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols.

Because of ongoing contact tracing within both the Spurs and Pelicans, neither team has the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game,

Becky Hammon had just returned to the Spurs bench in their recent game against the Mavericks after spending two weeks in quarantine due to contact tracing under the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. Drew Eubanks was also set to return tonight for the same reason.

It is unclear at this time which players are not available to play, where or who the tracing goes back to, and if the cause of both teams suddenly being under threshold less than two hours before the planned tipoff is related to each other. We will let you know as soon as we no more.

The Spurs next game is against the Boston Celtics at home on Wednesday. It remains to be seen if that game will take place. Tonight’s game will be rescheduled on a later date.

Update From ESPN:

According to sources, the issue stems from potential coronavirus exposure to a non-team member who was a part of both teams’ traveling parties in recent days. The NBA is taking extra precaution with these situations.