Wizards vs. Jazz Game on Wednesday Postponed amid COVID-19 Concerns

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IJanuary 13, 2021

Exterior view of Capital One Arena, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Wednesday's game between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz has been postponed, the league announced:

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According to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, only two Wizards were listed as out on the team's injury report, so "there has to be several more entering contact tracing tonight and beyond" in order for the game to be postponed

The NBA has postponed five games since Sunday as it grapples with multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 within various franchises. 

Despite positive tests across the league, Wojnarowski reported on SportsCenter that the NBA does not believe putting the season on hiatus is not a viable path for the health and safety of players and personnel. 

"The belief is if you paused [the season] and allowed everybody to go outside the system that's currently set up, you'd have many more positive tests," Wojnarowski said. "That has been shown. Ultimately, for the health of the players, this is still a safer place for them to be."

The long-time NBA insider noted the league expected positive tests to appear throughout the season and officials feel the set up of the current schedule allows enough flexibility for multiple postponed contests. 

No makeup date has been announced for Wednesday's Wizards-Jazz game. 

The two clubs were not scheduled to face each other at any other point during the first half of the season (the NBA has only released the first-half schedule in order to allow for changes resulting from the pandemic). 

Washington will need at least eight players available before it can take the floor next.