The Columbus Dispatch

COVID-19 concerns cause Pacers, Raptors to cancel practices


INDIANAPOL­IS — The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors canceled their Thursday practices, citing an abundance of caution with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Both teams made the announceme­nts on Twitter and made clear that it was a precaution­ary move.

Indiana has won twice this week — beating Washington on Monday and routing the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Pacers guard Justin Holiday has not played since entering the health and safety protocols on Nov. 30.

Team officials were not expected to provide any additional details Thursday. Indiana is scheduled to host Dallas on Friday.

Toronto has not had any positive COVID-19 tests since the season began and team officials have said all players are fully vaccinated.

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