The NBA announced Wednesday evening they will be suspending all games in the league for the foreseeable future from Thursday onwards.
The league made the announcement after the game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after an unnamed player, widely reported elsewhere to be Rudy Gobert, tested positive on Wednesday for coronavirus.
According to the press release, “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight's Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
The Los Angeles Clippers’ next game was scheduled to take place on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets, but with it coming so quickly after Thursday’s ban, that is almost certainly postponed for the time being, along with likely multiple additional games. At the moment, the Clippers have 18 remaining regular-season games left on their schedule.
It’s currently unclear if the league will resume play in the coming weeks or if they will postpone and push the season out, or if they will ultimately cancel games. This is a fluid situation and based on the NBA’s own language, it’s safe to say they don’t know what’s next. We will obviously monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus and the NBA and provide updates when we receive them.
As a reminder, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking people to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
This story will be updated with more information. For more information on the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.