Less than 24 hours after the Trail Blazers Wednesday night game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies was called off due to contract tracing and unavailable players, the two teams’ next game will be postponed, as well.
Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Thursday morning that the Grizzlies’ next three games against Portland and Sacramento have been postponed. The Trail Blazers were scheduled to host the Grizzlies Friday night at Moda Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Trail Blazers were set to tip-off two straight games against the Memphis Grizzlies beginning with a Wednesday night matchup. But due to contract tracing, both games have been postponed.
Wojnarowski previously reported on Wednesday it is the Grizzlies who are dealing with contract tracing within their organization.
The postponements come just days after Grizzlies big man Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined due to NBA’s health and safety protocols on Sunday, Jan. 17.
This is the second time this year Valanciunas has been out due to health and safety protocols. He was pulled out of a Jan. 8 game at halftime but tested negative for COVID-19. He then rejoined the team one day later.
The Trail Blazers Jan. 20 game against the Grizzlies was slated to be the first of three meetings between Portland and Memphis this season with the second immediately following on Jan. 22.
Portland and Memphis were already expected to meet a third time in the Second Half of the season.
Now it’s possible the Trail Blazers could get three games vs. the Grizzlies in the in the Second Half of the season when that schedule is released, and postponements are rescheduled.
*This article will be updated as more information becomes available.