The Washington Wizards have six players who have tested positive for COVID-19, making it a total of nine players who remain in the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
The Wizards postponed Friday, with their next two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers originally scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Washington has postponed four consecutive games since it was last played in Finland on January 11.
“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances,” Wizard general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a video call with reporters. “If you follow our track, actually going back to when we played Chicago [Notes:on Dec. 29 and 31] , Almost every team we played, one player tested positive. next day [and] The next day, several players in some places. It was inevitable.
“The NBA has been pointing to the period for a long time that it was going to be very difficult. And they weren’t kidding. The city we went to just seemed more and more. You never want to say . Well we survived or nothing went wrong for us, because you know that essentially something is going to be your turn and unfortunately it was our turn. “
The Wizards canceled practice on Tuesday before the league’s decision to postpone Wednesday’s game against the US Jazz. Wizards later listed Rui Hachimura and Kendra Moe Wagner as suspects due to health and safety protocols on the injury report.
Shepard said the team found out that she had reached six positive player cases on Friday. The team is hoping that if there is no new positive case on Saturday, the wizard players who are not in quarantine and the safety protocol will be able to return to the facility for some individual workouts.
Even if the Wizards were allowed to return to the court and practice now, they do not have enough players to practice with multiple players, such as Russell Westbrook (quad), or quarantine or safety. In the protocol.
Westbrook is due to reevaluate early next week.
“In terms of activity, we’ve become very limited, to zero, in terms of getting back into the facility,” Shepard said. “Of course players who are in quarantine, even players with COVID may not work … If there were no positive tests yesterday, we could bring people back to the 1-on-0 gym.”
“I think the four teams have missed many games,” Shepard said. “And so far I think it’s a small win, considering what is happening there … what else could be made.”