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NBA postpones Friday's Blazers-Grizzlies game due to COVID-19 contact tracing within Grizzlies team

The Blazers' next scheduled game is Sunday against the New York Knicks.
Credit: Brandon Dill, Associated Press
Memphis Grizzlies guards Ja Morant (12) and Dillon Brooks (24) talk on the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The NBA has postponed Friday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies because of unavailable Memphis players and COVID-19 contact tracing.

It's the second straight postponement for the two teams. Wednesday night's game was also postponed and will be made up at a later date.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news. The Grizzlies canceled their shootaround Wednesday morning prior to the report from Wojnarowski, who reported that "the contact tracing is focused on Memphis' side."

On Thursday, Wojnarowski reported the NBA is being cautious with "what appears to be isolated COVID-19 exposure within the Grizzlies."

In addition to Friday's game in Portland, the Grizzlies' next two games against the Sacramento Kings are also postponed.

The Blazers' next scheduled game is Sunday against the New York Knicks.

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