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ESPN News Services
Four Mavericks players have COVID-19 after two more rotation players tested positive Monday, leading to the postponement of Monday’s game in Dallas with the Pelicans, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Tim MacMahon.
As of Sunday night, there were four Dallas players on the COVID-19 protocol list, the newest addition being Maxi Kleber, who tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told MacMahon. Starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith, and backup Jalen Brunson had already been ruled out; those three stayed behind in Denver after a win over the Nuggets on Thursday and missed Saturday’s victory at home against Orlando.
The NBA also called off Tuesday’s game in Chicago between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics, because of COVID-19-related and contact-tracing issues.
Those decisions came one day after Miami’s game in Boston was called off because of contact-tracing issues within the Heat’s organization. That would have been a matchup where the Celtics would have had only eight available players after seven were ruled out in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols for playing amid the pandemic.
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