Adam Silver Will Miss Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals Game 6 Due to COVID Protocols

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 16, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media prior to Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The NBA announced that Commissioner Adam Silver will miss Thursday night's Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics because of health and safety protocols.

Silver previously missed Monday's Game 5 for the same reason. The league has not announced if Silver tested positive for COVID-19 or came in close contact with someone who did.

Thursday's contest could be a closeout game in Boston, as the Warriors hold a 3-2 series lead.

With the series tied 2-2, the Warriors came through in Game 5 on their home court in San Francisco, earning a 104-94 win thanks largely to a 26-point, 13-rebound effort by Andrew Wiggins.

If the Warriors win Game 6, it will mark their fourth championship in eight seasons. Meanwhile, the Celtics are looking to keep their hopes of winning their first championship since 2007-08 alive.

In order to do so, the Celtics will need big efforts from the star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and they will likely have to keep the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in check.

Silver's absence could throw a wrench into things if the Warriors win Game 6, since he won't be present to present them with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, as is customary.

The NBA has not announced who will fill in for Silver in that regard if needed, but it could fall on NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum.

Silver served in the role of deputy commissioner for eight years before being promoted to commissioner in 2014 upon the retirement of David Stern.