Washington’s second-half schedule may not be as jam-packed as first thought after the NBA mentioned it was rescheduling some Wizards video games after a half-dozen of their contests have been postponed in current weeks for virus-related causes.
Portland will now go to Washington on Tuesday, a sport that was initially set for the second half. Washington will play at Charlotte on February 7, a sport that was rescheduled from January 20. And which means the Blazers, who have been scheduled to go to the Hornets that day, will now go to Charlotte within the second half of the schedule.
The league has postponed 22 video games to this point this season, 21 of them since January 10. The unique intent was to push all these postponed video games into the second half, when doable; now, the league mentioned it could transfer some video games into the first-half schedules, “with a specific focus on the teams with the most postponed games to date.”
That would definitely embody Washington and Memphis, each of which have seen a league-high six video games postponed.
The Wizards went 13 days with out video games after six gamers examined optimistic for COVID-19 and three others needed to sit out due to contact tracing. The Grizzlies may have gone 12 days with out video games in the event that they play, as deliberate, in San Antonio on Saturday.
Some excellent news for the league on Wednesday: The Grizzlies mentioned they have been returning to observe.
And even higher information: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association mentioned Wednesday that just one participant within the league examined optimistic for COVID-19 up to now seven days, down from 16 two weeks in the past and 11 final week.
It stays doable that a few of the stronger protocols put in place earlier this month, comparable to not permitting gamers to go away lodges on street journeys for virtually any purpose apart from video games or practices, could also be considerably loosened quickly as nicely.
Without the schedule modifications by the NBA, the Wizards and Grizzlies could have been taking a look at enjoying 41 occasions in 67 days throughout the second half of the season — which is able to stretch from March 11 by means of May 16.
Boston and Phoenix have had three video games postponed apiece to this point, and it isn’t but identified publicly how their first-half schedules will probably be adjusted.
“I’ve heard about one. I do not suppose I’m imagined to say, so I will not,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday.
“My preference is that they consider our travel appropriately. So, that’s the only thing I have to say about it. We obviously know in this condensed schedule anyway that we were going to be nonstop.
“We’re just going to try to do our best to be ready for the next night, wherever that may be, whoever we may be playing and hopefully improve ourselves a little bit,” Stevens added.
Teams additionally started arriving Wednesday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to start quarantine and prepping for the G League season, which — like the NBA did final season — will make the most of a bubble.
The G League launched its 135-game schedule for the 18 groups that will probably be participating. All groups will play 15 video games from February 10 by means of March 6.
The prime eight will go to a single-elimination playoff, and the G League championship sport is about for March 11 — the identical day the NBA’s second half is about to open and the one-year anniversary of the day the league suspended play final season due to the pandemic.