Sunday, April 18

COVID-19 cases force postponement of Raptors game

(New York) The Raptors game against the Chicago Bulls scheduled for Sunday night has been postponed due to the presence of positive COVID-19 diagnoses in the Toronto squad.

The Canadian Press

As a result, a contact tracing operation was initiated.

The Raptors were without head coach Nick Nurse, five staff members and star player Pascal Siakam on Friday night against the Houston Rocket.

The NBA has mentioned that the game scheduled for Tampa, Fla. Cannot take place as the Raptors are unable to present a minimum starting line-up of eight players.

This is the first time that a Raptors game has been postponed this season.

The Torontonians had managed to avoid the worst with the coronavirus pandemic, as they were one of only four NBA teams not to have had to postpone a game so far.

Due to travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government to fight COVID-19, and health measures decreed by Ontario and the city of Toronto, the Raptors had to go into exile in Florida to play their home games in Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning amphitheater.

Raptors assistant coach Sergio Scariolo led his squad to a 122-111 victory over the Rocket on Friday.

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