COVID-19 outbreak within Denver Nuggets forces postponement against Golden State Warriors

The NBA postponed the Golden State-Denver game scheduled for Thursday night after COVID-related issues left the Nuggets without the eight players needed to play.

It is the 11th game to be postponed this season for COVID-related reasons.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone entered the league’s health and safety protocols early Thursday along with other staff members, including two assistant coaches, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Nuggets forwards Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji and point guard Bones Hyland also entered protocols Thursday, the team said.

In addition to protocols, the Nuggets are dealing with various injuries, including the questionable status of four players: Monte Morris, Aaron Gordon, Austin Rivers and Vlatko Cancar.

Warriors forward Draymond Green took to social media to express his frustration at the game’s postponement.

“How do you keep canceling games when you have implemented rules to prevent this from happening?” Green posted on Twitter. “Isn’t that a competitive advantage for other teams? The guys we didn’t have because of the protocol roster played no role in Tuesday’s loss? Pick a side, but don’t straddle.

“So when the game is rescheduled (which will probably take a day off our ‘break’), we will play at full force … days ago ??? Let’s make sense of it here.”

Green said the postponement would also likely add a back-to-back to the Warriors’ schedule, “which is also an advantage for Denver.”

Assistant coach David Adelman will serve as the Nuggets’ interim head coach during Malone’s absence, sources told ESPN.

Malone joins Doc Rivers (Philadelphia), Frank Vogel (Lakers), Monty Williams (Phoenix), Billy Donovan (Chicago), Chauncey Billups (Portland) and Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City) as NBA coaches who have entered the COVID-19 protocols.

The Denver Post first reported on Malone and Adelman.

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