Gameplay-Blasters, Raptors-Bulls, canceled due to player shortage

Gameplay-Blasters, Raptors-Bulls, canceled due to player shortage ...

Dec 22 - The Toronto Raptors' game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday are postponed due to a shortage of playerson the visiting teams, said the NBA. The case was heightened, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The NBA said that the Nets had 10 players in health and safety protocols since Tuesday, with key players Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on the list.

ESPN reported that the Raptors had 8 players in health and safety protocols, and OG Anunoby, the latest player to be added on Wednesday.

In two statements released on Wednesday, the NBA said that both the Raptors and the Nets did not have "the league-required eight available players" to proceed with their respective games.

The Raptors will face the Bulls at United Center in Chicago, while the Nets are scheduled to play the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland.

This season, nine NBA games have been postponed.

Although the NHL has increased a number of KOVID-19 cases, Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league has no plans to pause its season.

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