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Grizzlies’ next three games postponed, reportedly after only one positive coronavirus test

Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas

MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 16: Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies grabs the rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 16, 2021 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NBA postponements have mostly trickled out one-by-one.

The league is ripping off the bandage with the Grizzlies.


The Memphis Grizzlies’ next three games -- Friday, Jan. 22 at Portland and Sunday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 25 vs. Sacramento -- have been postponed in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.

The games are being postponed due to unavailable players for the Grizzlies and contact tracing for other players on their roster, and in order to ensure the health and safety of players on both teams.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Evan Barnes of The Commercial Appeal:

It’s confusing why the Grizzlies have so many games postponed due to only one positive test – especially given the timeline.

Sunday’s 76ers-Thunder game was postponed reportedly due to contact tracing from Philadelphia’s game against Memphis the day before. Sunday, the Grizzlies also listed Jonas Valanciunas as out for their game Monday due to health-and-safety protocols.

Now, after playing Phoenix on Monday, the Grizzlies have three games postponed with only one positive test? Even though there aren’t several players in the health-and-safety protocols?

Memphis has a few players out due to injury: Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow and Jontay Porter. That reduces the Grizzlies’ margin for error in having the minimum eight players available for a game. But it’s a 17-player roster.

This situation is confounding.