Following an offseason in which exhibition play for rookies and still-developing players was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pacers will have to wait still longer to take to the floor in Las Vegas, as the NBA has postponed tonight’s Pacers-Wizards Summer League game due to ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards.
Tonight's Summer League game against Washington has been postponed in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards.https://t.co/78JJo6g2Ss— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) August 8, 2021
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Washington doesn’t have enough players to play tonight, as yesterday the team announced that Cassius Winston, Issuf Sanon, and Isiah Todd had been placed in health safety and protocols.
For the Pacers, the main concern is that everyone on the roster stays healthy given the current COVID climate in Las Vegas, but the postponement also marks yet another setback in the team’s preparations for the week, as third-year big man Goga Bitadze has been away from the team for personal reasons while rookie Isaiah Jackson also has been unavailable while waiting for official clearance to sign his contract after being acquired via trade.
If all else goes to plan, the Pacers are slated to play every other day beginning on Tuesday, August 10 against the Hawks at 6:00 PM, which means the team has the potential to play a back-to-back depending upon when the game with Washington is rescheduled.
After every team plays four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.