The Wizards match the longest non-2020 in-season stoppage in NBA historical past – 10 days – at the moment. Due to a coronavirus outbreak, Washington hadn’t even been capable of follow till yesterday.
The league guidelines in Washington’s favor.
The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation sport scheduled for Fri., Jan. 22 between the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks at [in Milwaukee] has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Well being and Security Protocols.
The sport is being postponed as a result of variety of unavailable gamers for the Wizards, contact tracing for different gamers on their roster, and the size of time previous the sport throughout which the workforce was unable to follow.
The “size of time previous the sport throughout which the workforce was unable to follow” is a brand new purpose cited in suspending a sport. That’s comprehensible given the distinctive size of the Wizards’ interruption and the uncharted waters of taking part in via a pandemic.
However it’s nonetheless certain to boost about fairness. The 76ers had been pressured to play a sport they wished postponed a pair weeks in the past. The league dominated Philadelphia met the minimal of eight obtainable gamers.
Washington additionally has eight obtainable gamers on its 16-man roster.
Seven Wizards examined constructive for coronavirus. Washington has six gamers out resulting from health-and-safety protocols: Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Ish Smith and Moritz Wagner. The Wizards additionally waived Anzejs Pasecniks.
That leaves eight Washington gamers obtainable.
However there are professional well being issues with a fast turnaround. Gamers are extra prone to harm when not correctly conditioned, and the Wizards went some time unable to coach. With a shorthanded roster, Washington’s eight lively gamers would’ve shouldered extra load, too.
The Wizards are scheduled to play the Spurs on Sunday. That enables extra time for Washington’s eight lively gamers to get again into sport form. Westbrook might return by then. Gamers recovering from coronavirus might get cleared.
Every time they play subsequent, the Wizards will take sole possession of the longest non-2020 in-season stoppage in NBA historical past.