As the NBA begins implementing new same-day COVID-19 PCR testing protocols, the league will be moving back the start times for 20 upcoming games to accommodate testing, Tim Bontemps of ESPN tweets.
These games will be moved to at least 8 p.m. local time during the week and 7 p.m. or beyond on the weekends, Bontemps adds.
The first two impacted games will be the Heat/Nets and Pistons/Sixers bouts scheduled for January 23. Both will be moved to 8 p.m. EST tip-off times. The latest impacted game listed at present is the Cavaliers/Timberwolves contest on January 31, which will move to 7 p.m. CT.
The full list of affected contests is viewable right here, via JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors.
The RT-PCR molecular test can pinpoint genetic viral material in a subject using a laboratory method called polymerase chain reaction. These tests are quite accurate and lab results are generally available on the day of the test.