- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Wizards canceled practice Tuesday after two players entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the team announced. The move doesn’t mean those players have tested positive for the coronavirus, but it suggests they have been in contact with someone who has been infected.

The NBA has grappled with postponements and cancelations early this season.

On Sunday, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics game was called off because of contact tracing within the Heat. A game between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans was postponed on Monday due to positive cases on the Mavericks. Tuesday night’s matchup with the Celtics and Chicago Bulls has also been postponed.

Washington has yet to miss a game, and the team’s Wednesday tilt against the Utah Jazz remains on. But the Wizards have been in close contact with teams who have had players test positive, such as the Celtics, Timberwolves and Heat.

Bradley Beal missed Saturday’s game in Miami after he was placed in the league’s heath and safety protocols. Beal was in close proximity with Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who tested positive one day after facing the Wizards.

But Beal returned to action Monday night and scored 34 points in Washington’s 128-107 win against the Phoenix Suns. The Wizards didn’t announce which players have entered the protocols. If a player does test positive, he will miss the next 10 to 14 days.

• Andy Kostka can be reached at akostka@washingtontimes.com.

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