The Toronto Raptors had to postpone their national basketball association. Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because he couldn’t meet the league’s requirement for eight players.
Several Toronto coaches, including head coach Nick Nurse and forward Pascal Siakam, had to miss Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets due to NBA health and safety protocols. The league investigated the contacts and determined that tonight’s chase involved too much risk.
The Raptors are scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday before a game against the Celtics in Boston on Thursday. Both of these games are now under threat. Houston’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night is also being watched, given how close the players are to Friday’s game.
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The Raptors are perhaps the team most affected by the Covid-19 restrictions this season. They are playing their home games this season at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Due to travel restrictions from Canada during the pandemic.
“We spoke to the NBA,” said Raptors general manager Bobby Webster, explaining why the team played on Friday. “One way to think about it is that we are tested twice in the morning, and so if those tests come back negative, that gives you permission to participate in activities that day, and you can even take more tests. late in the day. the day if that worries you. I think once the negative tests came back this afternoon, I think it gave the NBA comfort that at least for today we are clear.
The NBA already has a truncated schedule, and the second half of the season will speed up the time between games in order to qualify for a 72-game regular season. There is hardly any room to add postponed games as the NBA wants to complete the playoffs on time before the scheduled start of the Olympics in late July.
The NBA has tightened its protocols, but over the past two weeks the San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and now the Raptors have had several games postponed by the coronavirus.