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Bulls’ Wednesday showdown vs. Ja Morant, Grizzlies postponed

this is the Grizzlies’ fifth straight postponement

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The NBA announced Sunday night that the Bulls' game against the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday has been postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The Bulls are currently past their recent COVID-19 issues, but the Grizzlies are in the thick of their own.

From the league:

This is the Grizzlies’ fifth consecutive postponement. They first had last Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers postponed, and then they announced the postponement of their next three games.

The Grizzlies were hoping to return to the court against the Bulls, but clearly the NBA is being extra cautious despite no new players entering the protocols, per Woj. Jonas Valanciunas recently entered the protocols, but it’s not clear which Grizzlies player tested positive (it’s reportedly only one) for COVID-19.

This is the Bulls’ second postponement of the season thus far after they had a game against the Celtics pushed back nearly two weeks ago. Ironically enough, the Bulls have the Celtics on the schedule for their next game on Monday, which becomes even more interesting thanks to the likely return of Jayson Tatum after his own absence due to COVID-19.

Bulls vs. Celtics will be another good test after the ugly loss to the Lakers on Saturday night. A matchup against the Grizzlies would have also been fun with Ja Morant back in the fold after missing time with an ankle injury, but we’ll have to wait on that one. The Bulls’ next game after they play the Celtics will now be against the Blazers on Saturday.