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The NBA continues its incessant trickle of games postponed due to COVID-19. This Wednesday, the North American League announced the suspension of the Atlanta Hawks-Phoenix Suns Due to sanitary protocols, which prevent the Arizona franchise from having at least eight players available for the game (the established minimum).
The Suns are collateral damage stemming from troubles with the disease in the Washington Wizards, which they faced on Monday at Capital One Arena in DC. The capital residents have Rui Hachimura and Moe Wagner under the follow-up and trace of contactsNor does he have eight players ready for the game against the Utah Jazz, which has also been postponed.
With these two, There are already seven games postponed by the NBA since the competition began on December 22 and the fourth consecutive day with at least one suspended. The first was on December 23, the Oklahoma City Thunder – Houston Rockets. Next came the New Orleans Pelicans – Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics three: against the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.
The problems with the pandemic are not new in the NBA, which last year saw the tournament stopped in its tracks in March after the positive of Rudy Gobert, center of Utah Jazz, minutes before the confrontation against Oklahoma City Thunder. Finally, the course was able to resume (and close) in July with the Walt Disney bubble in Orlando (Florida).
Change in protocols
Faced with so much uncertainty, the League decided to design security protocols for this campaign, which in sight, have fallen short. Reason why, this Tuesday, The NBA decided in agreement with the players’ union to strengthen them and impose drastic measures for at least two weeks.
On the one hand, local players may not leave their homes except for exceptional reasons, to train and play matches. In addition, during these two weeks the access of the press to the changing rooms is limited to ten minutes and any, always wearing a mask, and any other contact between journalist and player will have to take place in areas specifically authorized by the league and that allow maintaining a distance of more than one and a half meters between them.
For the other, visiting teams may not leave their concentration hotels under any circumstances for any activity other than training or an emergency and may not have any direct contact with any person who does not belong to the expedition. In addition, the teams will have to ensure that the seats are occupied on the flights in such a way that the people who sit together do so on the bench during the matches.
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