This Monday night’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs has been postponed following four San Antonio players testing positive for COVID-19. The league announced that it would be postponing the next five Spurs games, which included a game against the Pacers in Indianapolis.
The game is the second postponement of the season for the Pacers, following a road matchup against the Phoenix Suns, having been fortunate thus far to have avoided on-court disruptions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, they, like most other teams, have had long term effects off the court.
The health and recovery of the Spurs players who tested positive is of course at the forefront of the concerns. With Celtics forward Jayson Tatum speaking today about his lingering issues with breathing following his own bout with the virus, it’s important to stress the need to take this pandemic seriously, be it with the league or in one’s personal life.
For the Pacers, the postponement will give them extra opportunity for rest as the First Half of the season nears completion. After tomorrow night’s game in Minnesota, Indiana will have just one game in the week to follow, a Saturday night road game against the Houston Rockets.
The extra time off may help in getting players healthy, but also in helping them in terms of rest and practice. After the time off, the Pacers will close out the First Half with a difficult six game stretch, including games against Boston and Philadelphia.