After the Charlotte Hornets fell to the San Antonio Spurs at home on Sunday, a member of the Spurs tested positive for COVID-19, causing postponement of their matchup with the Detroit Pistons. It was only a matter of time before this affected the Hornets, who have been notified that their next two games will be postponed in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Spurs have four positive tests for the coronavirus and league is postponing their next three games, sources tell ESPN. Charlotte is undergoing contact tracing and will have next two games postponed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 16, 2021
Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and PJ Washington were already sidelined due to the health and safety protocols, and since so many Hornets players were “close contacts” (not sure how everyone isn’t, given basketball is a contact sport played indoors, but whatever), the NBA had no choice but to postpone their games while they undergo contact tracing.
Charlotte will miss the game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Denver Nuggets on Friday as of time of publish, but it would extend further than that if the Hornets are not able to field seven healthy players.
In the mean time, the Greensboro Swarm are well underway in the G League bubble, so there is still some Hornets-adjacent basketball to watch. Some rest for Devonte’ Graham, Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, etc. is also welcomed, though hopefully not at the expense of players testing positive.
The pandemic was bound to affect the Hornets at some point after making it through the first 25-ish games unscathed. Let’s hope that everyone on the Spurs can recover, and that this mini-outbreak doesn’t permeate the Hornets too significantly.