Bulls-Celtics postponed due to health and safety protocols

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The Bulls' Tuesday night game against the Boston Celtics in Chicago is being postponed in accordance with the NBA's health and safety protocols, the league announced Monday.

The Celtics lack the minimum of eight active players necessary to play, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

As of the latest injury report update, Boston had seven players in protocol and two injured. Their Sunday night matchup with the Heat was postponed because Miami could not field eight players, but the Celtics would have only had eight available due to a combination of injuries, positive COVID-19 tests and close contact quarantines.

News of the Bulls' postponement comes in tandem with the league officially postponing a game between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans scheduled for Monday. Those are the third and fourth games to be postponed by the league due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Bulls have confirmed four positive COVID-19 tests among their players so far this season: Garrett Temple, Noah Vonleh (since waived), Chandler Hutchison and Tomáš Satoranský. The latter two, along with Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono due to close contact, have been away from the team and in protocol since their Dec. 29 win over the Washington Wizards.

The NBA and NBPA will meet Monday to discuss adjusting its health and safety protocols, a statement from the league said.

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