Basketball: Steven Adams enters NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, ruled out of Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers clash

Kiwi star Steven Adams has been sidelined by the NBA's health and safety protocols - implemented to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in the league.

Adams, 28, won't suit up for his Memphis Grizzlies side's clash against Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (NZ time), as he and two other teammates were listed in the protocols.

As of Friday (NZ time), more than 50 players across the NBA are ruled out because of the protocols.

Teammates John Konchar and Xavier Tillman have both been listed as 'questionable' for Sunday's match, while Adams has been definitively ruled out.

Since moving to Memphis from New Orleans Pelicans in the off-season, Adams has established himself as a key cog in the Grizzlies' ranks.

Adams is currently averaging seven points, 9.4 rebounds and three assists per game this season, with the Grizzlies currently fourth in the NBA's Western Conference, two wins behind Utah Jazz in third place.