DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Mavericks game Monday night vs the New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, the NBA announced Monday morning. Additionally, the Boston Celtics game vs the Bulls has also been postponed.
The Mavericks currently have four players in quarentine due to the NBA's Health and Safety Protocols. Those players include Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Richardson.
League rules mandate that each team must have at least eight players available to them in order to play, which according to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News, the Mavericks did meet the threshold to play. However, the NBA opted to postpone the game “to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and other personnel” as they continue to work on contact tracing within the organziation.
ESPN had previously reported that the Mavericks didn't have enough players to play Monday night.
“We’re all dealing with a vast set of circumstances, so we’ve got to remain calm, and we’ve always got to have a plan for adversity. We’ve been expecting that this sort of thing was certainly a realistic possibility, and now we’re dealing with it," Carlisle said, via 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, after the initial trio of players were placed in the protocol.
The NBA elected to hold this season's games in each team's home cities (except for Toronto) after holding last season's playoffs in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It appears some changes may be on the horizon as the NBA noted in Monday's press release that the league and the Players Association would be meeting to modify the league's Health and Safety Protocols.
Earlier Monday, it was reported that Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis would make his season debut tonight. But that'll have to wait as the Mavericks situation plays out.
Dallas' next game is scheduled for Wednesday night in Charlotte vs the Hornets.
This is a developing news story.