Monday’s Detroit Pistons-Denver Nuggets game was delayed minutes before its scheduled 9 p.m. ET tip at Ball Arena because of contact following within the Pistons, the NBA reported.
Detroit returned a positive/inconclusive Covid test on a player, sources disclosed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pistons were watching the pregame film when they learned of the postponement.
The NBA recently made the decision to delay games in the circumstance of a single test returning possibly certain.
Detroit was set to play the second game of a five-city Western Conference trip in Denver on Monday. The Pistons have games planned against the Jazz (Tuesday), Suns (Friday) and Lakers (Saturday).
The group stayed in Denver, retesting players after Monday’s delay, however was set to leave for Salt Lake City and is relied upon to have the option to confront the Jazz on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.
Monday’s game was set to mark the arrival of two previous Nuggets – Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee. Denver’s players could be seen conversing with and accepting their previous colleagues during pregame warm-ups.
This is the 23rd game delayed because of COVID-19 this NBA season.