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Pistons vs. Spurs Postponed After San Antonio Has Positive COVID-19 Test

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2021

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks to referee Bill Kennedy during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Tuesday night's scheduled matchup between the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs has been postponed due to a "positive test within the Spurs and subsequent contact tracing."

The NBA added that the Spurs would not have the required eight players available to hold the game. 

Marc Stein of the New York Times noted that it's the 25th postponement of the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will be the second game the 16-11 Spurs have had postponed in the first half of the season. The 8-19 Pistons have had two games postponed prior to Tuesday.

It's been a busy news day in Detroit after the Pistons and Blake Griffin mutually agreed that he would no longer be playing for the team while the two sides work out his future.

"I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward," Griffin told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"After extensive conversation with Blake's representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties," general manager Troy Weaver added. "We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved."

Woj reported that the Pistons would investigate potential trades, with a buyout being possible as well.