After the NBA announced Monday night that the evening’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets in Denver was being postponed because of health and safety protocols, questions surrounding the Utah Jazz started swirling, as the Jazz played the Nuggets Sunday on the road and were scheduled to face the Pistons on Tuesday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first to report that the game was being postponed “due to an inconclusive coronavirus test result for Detroit, which is leading to additional contact tracing.”
At that point, Tuesday’s contest at Vivint Arena was potentially in peril, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted, “More testing will need to be done before there’s clarity on Detroit’s ability to play on this week, per sources.”
Pistons were set to play the second game of a five-city Western Conference trip in Denver tonight. Rest includes Utah (Tuesday), Phoenix (Friday), Lakers (Saturday). More testing will need to be done before there's clarity on Detroit's ability to play on this week, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 2, 2021
Later Monday, however, Wojnarowski reported that the Pistons were all clear to leave Denver and head to Salt Lake City. On Tuesday morning, a tweet posted on the Pistons’ official Twitter account gave the indication that it’s game on.
The Jazz announced Monday evening that starting Tuesday, it will allow up to 3,902 fans at Vivint Arena for games, up from the 1,500 it has allowed up to this point this season.
Utah and Detroit have opposite records, as the Jazz are 15-5, while the Pistons are 5-15.