NBA commissioner Adam Silver to miss Finals Game 5 in COVID-19 protocols

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The NBA commissioner has landed in COVID-19 protocols.

The league announced Monday afternoon that Adam Silver will not attend Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco, citing the league's health and safety protocols.

It's not clear whether Silver contracted COVID-19 or is considered a close contact. Silver's health status beyond his placement in protocols is also unclear.

The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors enter Game 5 on Monday with the series tied at 2-2. Silver has so far attended games in San Francisco and Boston and held his annual Finals news conference prior to Game 1 in San Francisco.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver arrives at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics in San Francisco, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver's health status is not clear. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Finals have so far carried on amid a national surge in COVID-19 cases without the coronavirus impacting players on the court. But Silver's placement in protocols isn't the first time COVID-19 has affected the NBA postseason.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr missed three games in Golden State's second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies in protocols before returning to the bench for the Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, ESPN announcers Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy both missed Finals games because of COVID-19. They have since returned to the network's Finals broadcasts alongside commentator Mark Jackson.