Five more Cavaliers test positive for COVID-19, bringing total to seven; Sunday's game postponed

Marla Ridenour
Akron Beacon Journal
Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen (31) drives against Miami Heat's Dewayne Dedmon (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Five more Cavaliers players tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to seven and postponing their game in Atlanta Sunday night.

The Cavs announced that center Jarrett Allen, forwards Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler, and guards Denzel Valentine and RJ Nembhard have been added to the list of those in health and safety protocols.

The Cavs placed guard Isaac Okoro in the protocols on Thursday and added star rookie center/forward Evan Mobley on Saturday.

The league announced Cavs-Hawks as one of five postponements, which included Brooklyn Nets' games on Sunday and Tuesday. The Nets have 10 players in the protocols, including Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs' next scheduled game is Wednesday night in Boston.

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The Hawks placed All-Star guard Trae Young in the health and safety protocols on Sunday, but he was the only member of the team listed in the protocols on the league's 12:30 p.m. injury report.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Cavs hope to sign center Luke Kornet and guard/forward Justin Anderson out of the G League if they are granted hardship exemptions.

Charania said the Cavs were also going through a retesting process.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Lamar Stevens tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' George Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

The Cavs won their sixth consecutive game in Milwaukee Saturday night, defeating the shorthanded Bucks 119-90. The Bucks had four players in the protocols, including two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and two more out with injuries.

That was the start of a scheduled three-game trip for the Cavs (19-12), third in the Eastern Conference going into Sunday’s action.

Earlier this season, Cavs forwards Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen spent time in the health and safety protocols. Love missed eight games in November and Markkanen nine, part of that as they ramped up physical activity.

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