On Friday, the Washington Wizards announced that their home games on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers are postponed. This is due to the fact that Washington cannot field eight players for either game.
Washington’s next game is supposed to be on Wednesday, Jan. 20 on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. However, don’t be surprised to see this game postponed as well. First, the Wizards’ coronavirus outbreak can get worse. And second, the team would have to travel to Charlotte and bringing a team in the middle of an outbreak just doesn’t make sense.
Since Tuesday, at least half of the Wizards’ roster is under coronavirus protocols, or enough to keep the team from fielding eight players because all games since Wednesday, Jan 13 have been postponed. And as of this morning, five Wizards players have tested positive for COVID-19. I hate to sound negative on this, but it could very well be that over half of the roster, and coaches could have the coronavirus by the time that we get through this weekend.
Per the NBA’s coronavirus protocols, players who get COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days but it will be at least two weeks before they can make it back on the court. Players and other staff who get a more severe case of the coronavirus would be out longer. But by then we wouldn’t be talking about whether a player or coach get back to work.
Again, it really hurts to write negative Wizards piece after negative Wizards piece this week. We came into the week hoping that Scott Brooks would be fired for leading Washington to a poor 3-8 start. Now, all we hope is for everyone on the Wizards to have minimal symptoms, and make it out in one piece.
Stay strong Washington Wizards! We will root hard for you all when you are back on the court!