Wizards dealing with full-blown COVID-19 outbreak
The efforts of the Washington Wizards to arrest the spread of the dreaded coronavirus within their organization seem to have not gone as planned, with the team now reportedly dealing with a full-blown COVID-19 outbreak.
This report comes via The Athletic’s Shams Charania:
The Washington Wizards are now up to five players who have tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell me and @fredkatz.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2021
The names of the players that recently tested positive were not revealed.
The Wizards have already had two of their games postponed due to the influx of positive test results. Their home game against the Utah Jazz slated for Wednesday, as well as their matchup against the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena on Friday, have both been postponed for future dates that have yet to be identified.
The league decided to cross out both contests under previous reports that three Washington players had tested positive. Since then, two more players have tested positive, and at this point, it would not come as a complete shock if there are more.
The NBA has a minimum requirement of having at least eight active players for each game. The Wizards will be unable to meet this criteria with so many players out due to health and safety protocols. At this point, it would not be surprising if the league ends up postponing Washington’s back-to-back set against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday and Monday.
The Wizards have had a slow start to the season, and have fallen to 3-8 thus far. They are coming off a huge 128-107 win against a formidable Phoenix Suns side, so they appear to have been building up some momentum prior to this unfortunate development.