It’s not clear when the Washington Wizards will play again, but we know they won’t be traveling to Detroit this week.
Nine. The NBA has now had to postpone at least nine games this season, and they probably aren’t done. One day after the Wizards postponed their games vs. the Utah Jazz, they announced they would have to postpone their Friday night game vs. the Detroit Pistons.
This is the second time this week that the Washington Wizards have postponed their game. The team played their first 11 games of the season without issue. However, many of those first 11 games were followed closely by the Wizards’ opponents having COVID scares of their own. The Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76es all had to enter COVID-19 protocol or postpone games shortly after matching up with the Wizards. The close calls finally caught up to the Wizards and Rui Hachimura and Moe Wagner have entered the league’s health and safety protocols. The resulting contact tracing has left the Wizards without the eight required players.
Washington Wizards postpone another game as NBA total rises to nine postponements this season.
Right now, the health and safety of players, coaches, and everyone involved should be the NBA’s number one priority. As cases spike throughout the country, the NBA is seeing a similar rise among its players. Since the NBA opted against a bubble this season, they must proceed with caution. As the positive cases and game postponements pile up, it looks like the NBA may need to make major changes to the way they operate. We’ll see if the newly agreed upon changes to the league’s COVID-19 protocols will make any difference or if they’ll be forced into more serious action soon.
For now, the Wizards aren’t scheduled to play another game until Sunday, January 17 — the first of back-to-back home games vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. This gives Russell Westbrook a little more time to rest his injured quad, which may take longer to recover from than initially expected.
That’s really the only silver lining here. And it’s not much. Otherwise, the NBA’s COVID-19 situation is becoming more and more concerning each day.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear a mask.