SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The Golden State Warriors’ road game Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Nuggets, the Warriors announced Thursday afternoon.
Denver did not have the eight players required by the league to play a game.
Even before the three who allegedly went into COVID-19 minutes on Thursday morning, the Nuggets already had eight players on their injury list – including their head coach Michael Malone.
The eight players on the injury list are Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., PJ Dozier, Markus Howard, Austin Rivers (doubtful), Monte Morris (doubtful), Aaron Gordon (doubtful) and Vlatko Cancar (doubtful).
Denver had two more assistant coaches out due to virus protocols, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins and guard Jordan Poole have returned from the virus list. Wiggins played Tuesday against Denver, but the team decided to exclude Poole.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr did not reveal exactly why Poole was not in the lineup.
The NBA has recently changed its isolation period for those who test positive from 10 days down to six days – similar to what the CDC recommended on Monday.
But with several members of the virus protocol so close to tipoff, Malone and the other players could not clear protocols before 1 p.m. 18.30 PT, when the game was to start.
97 percent of the players are vaccinated with at least 65 percent of the eligible players being boosted.
To fight teams that have to postpone or cancel matches, the league has allowed teams that have more out due to COVID protocols to sign players to 10-day contracts without adversely affecting their pay ceilings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.