The game scheduled for Wednesday between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz has been postponed. Washington was short on available players due to COVID-19.
Due to constant contact monitoring, Washington has eight players in the league who are unavailable to continue play. https://t.co/qhb7dwLDNb
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
The Wizards have become a focal point in the NBA regarding COWID-19. Justin Russo, blogger and analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers, made the connection between COVID-19 and Washington’s game plan a few days ago:
3. January: The Wizards are playing at five. January against network
: Kevin Durant is scheduled for the 6th. January to Quarantine
: The Wizards play 76 players
7. January: Several players were quarantined on January 8.
: The Wizards are playing at 9. January against the Celts: Jason Tatum needs to be quarantined.
– Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) 9. January 2021
The NBA is struggling with COVID-19 and facing an increasing number of game postponements in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat moved a game this week. Then came the Dallas Mavericks – the New Orleans Pelicans hung it up. It’s not just witches.
Still, you can look at the last 10 days of NBA news and see that the Wizards have more connections to COWID-19 situations than any other team in the league. This prompts much discussion within the federation about the need for a break in the season – not a lengthy break, but a week’s break. The reason for such an idea, which has yet to be implemented, is that a week-long break would allow the league to gather information and, just as importantly, put an end to cross-country travel that did not exist during last summer’s highly successful Orlando bubble program.
Wizards dealing with more than two players in contact pursuit to be clear. As part of this process, the league will examine how long players have been in contact with positive Covid teammates and opponents in recent days – before, during and after games. https://t.co/AHtz81htLj.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
The NBA has announced a number of changes to its COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. The league is in hustle mode to minimize situations like the one the Masters is currently in:
Along the way, players and staff are not allowed to leave the hotel – except for team activities or emergencies, sources tell ESPN. There is no longer a list of approved restaurants. https://t.co/fU7QnElnBq
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 12, 2021
As the transfers pile up, one wonders how the structure of seasonal programming will evolve in the coming months. Reminder: The league has reduced its schedule from 82 regular season games to 72 to host this season leading up to the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with NBA participation in those games a priority for Adam Silver. The Wizards could be represented on this team by Bradley Beal, so they will have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.
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