The NBA called off the Toronto Raptors game against visiting Chicago on Sunday night in Tampa due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The league said the Raptors are dealing with positive test results, and combined with contact tracing issues, wouldn’t have the league-required eight players available for the game.
Toronto was missing head coach Nick Nurse, five members of his staff and star forward Pascal Siakam for Friday’s 122-111 victory over Houston.
The Raptors-Bulls game is the 30th to be postponed so far this season because of COVID-19 testing or contact tracing but the first time Toronto has had to reschedule. Three NBA teams haven’t had a game postponed.
The names of players or staff members affected were not revealed.
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Players and staff are tested twice daily.
The Raptors announced Nurse and most of his staff would miss Friday’s game a few hours before tip-off.
At the time, Toronto general manager Bobby Webster said it wasn’t clear Siakam’s situation was linked to the coaches.
“The NBA is being extremely careful here,” Webster said. “It’s early in what’s going on here, so I think we’re all being conscientious and not taking any risks…. We’ll see what tomorrow brings us.”
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Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela and Jon Goodwillie make up the remainder of Nurse’s coaching staff.
The Raptors are scheduled to host Detroit on Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., before wrapping up its first-half schedule on Thursday in Boston. They are playing home games in Florida due to Canada’s border regulations around COVID-19, and health and safety measures in Toronto.