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Wizards-Jazz game on Wednesday postponed due to COVID-19

Wizards, Jazz, COVID-19

Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz has been postponed. Washington did not have enough available players due to COVID-19.

The Wizards have become the central story in the NBA relative to COVID-19 problems. Los Angeles Clippers blogger and analyst Justin Russo pieced together the COVID-19 timeline connected to Washington’s schedule a few days ago:

The NBA is wrestling with COVID-19 and dealing with an increasing number of game postponements in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat had a postponed game this week. Then came a Dallas MavericksNew Orleans Pelicans postponement. It’s not just the Wizards.

Yet, one can look at the past 10 days of news stories in the NBA and notice that the Wizards have more connections to COVID-19 situations than other teams in the league. This is creating a lot of discussion within the Association if there needs to be a pause of the season — not a long-term halt, but a one-week break. The reasoning behind such an idea — which has not yet been implemented — is that a one-week break would enable the league to gather information and, just as importantly, stop the cross-country travel which did not exist during the very successful Orlando bubble plan from the past summer.

The NBA announced a number of modifications to its suite of COVID-19 policies and recommendations. The league is in scramble mode to minimize the recurrence of situations such as the one the Wizards are involved in right now:

If more and more postponements accumulate, one wonders how the scheduling framework of the season will change in the coming months. Remember that the league shortened its schedule from 82 regular-season games to 72 in order to fit in this season before the planned 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, with NBA players’ participation in those games being a priority for Adam Silver. The Wizards could be represented on that team by Bradley Beal, so that is something to watch in the coming weeks and months.