Thursday’s Denver-Golden State game was postponed in the wake of numerous positive cases within the Nuggets, the NBA announced.
It’s the second Nuggets game this season that has been postponed as a result of spiking COVID cases. The other was at Brooklyn on Dec. 19., when the Nets had numerous cases on their roster.
After Bones Hyland, Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji all entered the health and safety protocol on Thursday morning, the Nuggets didn’t have any new cases before the decision was made to postpone the game, a source told The Denver Post.
It was more a practical decision because in order for the Nuggets to reach the NBA-mandated eight available players, it would’ve required at least one or two of Denver’s injured players to have played. Monte Morris, Aaron Gordon, Vlatko Cancar and Austin Rivers were all listed as questionable on the team’s injury report on Thursday.
Morris, Gordon and Cancar all missed Tuesday’s game vs. Golden State.
Outside of the injured group, the only healthy players available were Will Barton, Facu Campazzo, Nikola Jokic, Bol Bol, Petr Cornelie, JaMychal Green and Davon Reed, who was set to sign a third 10-day contract with the team on Thursday.
Golden State’s Draymond Green, who didn’t play in Tuesday’s meeting because he was in health and safety protocols, tweeted the postponement was unfair.
“They got to sneak a win when we weren’t at full strength only two days ago??” he said.
In reality, the Warriors used 10 players in Tuesday’s loss. The Nuggets would’ve needed to use three of their injured players just to get to that number for Thursday’s now-postponed game.
So when the game is rescheduled(which will probably take a day away from our “break”), we wil play them at full strength… But they got to sneak a win when we weren’t at full strength, only two days ago??? Let’s make it make some sense here.
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 30, 2021
Nuggets coach Michael Malone also tested positive for COVID, as did two assistant coaches, multiple sources told The Post earlier on Thursday.
The Nuggets were tentatively scheduled to start a two-game road trip on Saturday in Houston.