Adam Silver Will Miss Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals Game 6 Due to COVID Protocols | Bleacher Report

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The NBA announced that Commissioner Adam Silver will miss Thursday night’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics due to health and safety protocols.

Silver previously missed Monday’s fifth game for the same reason. The league has not disclosed whether Silver has tested positive for COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone who has.

Thursday’s contest could become a closing game in Boston as the Warriors hold a 3-2 lead in the series.

With a 2-2 draw in the series, the Warriors prevailed in Game 5 on their home field in San Francisco and earned a 104-94 win, thanks largely to a performance by Andrew Wiggins with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

If the Warriors win Game 6, it will be their fourth championship in eight seasons. Meanwhile, the Celtics are trying to keep their hopes alive of winning their first championship since 2007-08.

To do that, the Celtics will need a huge effort from star duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and they’ll likely need to keep the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson at bay.

Silver’s absence could shake things up if the Warriors win Game 6 as he won’t be there to present them with the usual Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The NBA hasn’t announced who will fill in for Silver in this regard if needed, but it could fall on NBA Assistant Commissioner Mark Tatum.

Silver was an assistant commissioner for eight years before being promoted to commissioner in 2014 following the departure of David Stern.

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