Cavs’ Allen, Stevens, Windler, Valentine, Nembhard Enter Protocol

Center Jarrett Allen, forwards Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler, and guards Denzel Valentine and RJ Nembhard have been identified as the five members of the Cavaliers who entered health and safety protocol Sunday.Jarrett Allen

The Cavs’ road game against the Hawks scheduled for Sunday has been postponed, per the NBA.

Allen, Stevens, Windler, Valentine and Nembhard join forward Evan Mobley and swingman Isaac Okoro as Cavs currently in protocol.

All seven players are required to stay in the protocol for 10 days or return two negative tests in a 24-hour span before exiting.

The Cavs (19-12) are coming off a road win against the Bucks and have won six straight overall. 

Cleveland is likely eligible to sign players via the league’s hardship exception, but there are complications with that when it comes to logistics.

“The majority of players that fall under the hardship umbrella are in Las Vegas for the G-League Cup,” ESPN’s Bobby Marks wrote. “The travel logistics present a challenge to get extra bodies in uniform by tonight.”

The NBA reportedly has a vaccination rate of 97 percent, but like the NFL and NHL, is experiencing a major outbreak of positive tests and players entering protocol. The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that about 8 percent of NBA players were in protocol. That number has about doubled since then.

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