Thunder Game Postponed Over Coronavirus Concern

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mike Muscala (33) fouls Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) as Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) drives during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Postgame Notes

During warmups Steven Adams hit a very cool shot over the backboard, as he has done many times before. It was cool.


Thank you for reading tonight’s postgame notes.

Initial Delay

Okay, so now for what actually happened.

According Royce Young, reporting on ESPN after the game was postponed, literally seconds before tipoff an OKC medical doctor sprinted on to the court to inform the refs of undisclosed information.

Both teams were abruptly sent back to their respective locker rooms. The PA states that the league must first approve the start of the game. It was later reported that Rudy Gobert’s illness was causing some concern by the league.

It sounded like a quick fix. Just make sure that he’s fine and get on with it.

Then the halftime entertainment performed. And then immediately after the performance, the PA comes back on to announce the game is postpone. Naturally, everyone in the arena freaked.

New reports are showing that Chesapeake will be shut down after the fans leave tonight. Although it’s unclear who or what caused the scare, most reputable sources are claiming it is from an NBA player, not a fan.


What Now?

The NBA clearly does not know how to handle this situation. Frankly, nobody does. This disease is so scary yet so undetectable that the natural thought is to err on the side of caution. Tonight, the NBA chose to do something extreme now rather than let something extreme happen later.

However, that doesn’t excuse them. If it is a player, as currently reported, how does the NBA not test them beforehand? Gobert and Mudiay were reported out as early as this morning, you couldn’t do any tests then?

With this chaos, it would make sense for the league to stop all fans from attending games starting tomorrow. You don’t want another situation like this to occur again.

For now, we will have to wait on more news to unfold. We will update this page as often as possible as information becomes available.


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