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Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game postponed before NBA suspends season

Basketball fans react after the announcement that a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz on March 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena has been postponed just before tip-off.
Basketball fans react after the announcement that a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz on March 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena has been postponed just before tip-off.
(Kyle Phillips / Associated Press)

Seconds before the start of the tonight’s Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City, the public address announcer informed everyone that the game would be postponed.

Right before tipoff, according to ESPN’s Royce Young, a team doctor sprinted onto the court to gather the officials and pass on an undisclosed message.

Shortly after that, players and coaches walked off the court and fans were told to go home. About an hour later, the NBA announced it was suspendeing the season after a player in the game tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA did not name which player tested positive.

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According to multiple reports, Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, leading to the suspension of the game.

Prior to the game, Gobert and Emmanuel Muiday were announced as “out” with an undisclosed illness. Gobert was briefly upgraded to questionable before again being ruled out.


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