(670 The Score) The Bulls-Celtics game set to be played at the United Center on Tuesday has been postponed "in accordance with the league's health and safety protocols" for COVID-19, the NBA said Monday. It wasn't immediately revealed when the game will be made up.
The Celtics have been hit hard by COVID-19 concerns lately. Seven of their players were in the NBA’s health and safety protocol Sunday, when the Boston-Miami game was postponed as the Heat also were dealing with issues of their own amid contact tracing. Had the game been played, the Celtics were set to only have the minimum of eight players available to play. They also have at least two players dealing with injury.
The Bulls have been without four players since Dec. 31 due to COVID-19 concerns. Forward Chandler Hutchison and guard Tomas Satoransky have tested positive, while big man Lauri Markkanen and guard Ryan Arcidiacono were deemed close contacts and have been in the safety protocol since then while continually testing negative, coach Billy Donovan said Sunday.
The Bulls are off to a 1-3 start. They're set to visit the Thunder on Friday. Donovan expressed hope that Markkanen and Arcidiacono could return to action this week.
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.