Of the 337 players tested for COVID-19 since May 19, zero new NBA players have returned a positive test, the league announced.
This is the first time since April 14 that the NBA and NBPA have announced zero new positive COVID-19 tests among players after there was just one new positive test during the week of May 12-19 and one during the week of May 5-12.
This is positive news for the league, as this year’s playoffs are the first to be held outside of a bubble setting since the coronavirus pandemic began last year.
Despite the positive news, the league still remains cautious about positive tests affecting playoff games.
“We’re optimistic that what we’ve been doing will work, but we certainly can’t relax because it’s the playoffs,” said David Weiss, NBA senior vice president of player matters. “We have to emphasize that it’s important to keep following the protocols and getting vaccinated.”