The NBA has delayed one more game this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league, following seven days loaded with various postponements, canceled the Philadelphia 76ers’ matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena only hours before it was set to tip on Sunday night. The NBA stated that the 76ers didn’t have the necessary number of players accessible to partake in the challenge. Presently, this has expanded the number of games the league has deferred so far to 15 in the first month of this NBA season.
NBA in its recent statement released announced that due to the ongoing contact tracing within the Sixers, the team does not have the eight available players that is already stated as the league-required number prior to the season to proceed with the scheduled game against the Thunder.
76ers had four players that were unable to make the trip to Oklahoma City. The four players being Joel Embiid, Seth Curry, Vincent Poirier and Mike Scott. While they had at least six players in the health and safety protocol due to contact tracing as per the reports from ESPN. The contact tracing is purportedly associated with their 106-104 misfortune to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, a game they needed to play with only nine individuals. Philadelphia is its upcoming schedule will host the Boston Celtics next on Wednesday.
That matchup is currently the fourteenth that the NBA has deferred so far this season which isn’t so much as a month old. Everything except one of those delays went inside the most recent week. The NBA additionally presented new health and safety protocols on Tuesday, which included keeping players and mentors secluded when not contending and increase the usage of masks, in addition to other things. In the United States on Saturday new cases of the Covid-19 were announced in excess of 201,000 according to the reports of The New York Times. The nation is currently averaging in excess of 224,000 new cases and in excess of 3,300 deaths every day.
The NBA on Friday deferred the two games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards which was a miniseries that was planned for Sunday and
Monday in D.C. On account of continuous contact following inside the Wizards which left them with a league-required eight available players to play against Cleveland.