NBA reschedules 5 more games due to COVID spike

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The NBA on Sunday announced it has postponed five games in response to a surge in coronavirus cases, largely driven by the Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The new strain has rocked the sports world, forcing numerous postponements and adjustments to safety protocols as the leagues scramble to contain the rapid spread of the virus.

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  • The Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets are the teams affected by the postponements, according to the release.

  • Five players from the Cavaliers have tested positive for COVID, per AP.

The NHL announced Sunday that it's postponing all cross-border games until after the holiday break that begins Dec. 23.

  • As a result, 12 games against Canadian teams that were set for Monday through Thursday this week have been temporarily suspended.

The backdrop: The postponements come as infections, hospitalizations and deaths have climbed across the United States, spurred on by the highly transmissible variant, Axios' Sam Baker writes.

  • The NHL and NFL rescheduled several games last week after players tested positive for the virus.

Go deeper: Omicron threatens to massively disrupt sports world

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