U.S.-Australia basketball game canceled because of protocols

USA Basketball
USA Basketball
Posted at 8:54 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 02:59:01-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The United States’ men’s basketball exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas has been canceled because of health and safety protocols.

USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision Thursday night.

The U.S. women’s game against Australia will be played as scheduled Friday.

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The decision to cancel the game came hours after Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was ruled out of the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols.

The team also said Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant also was in health and safety protocols “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Americans are still scheduled to play Spain on Sunday before heading to Tokyo, with their opening game against France set for July 25.