NBA giving Wizards more time to prepare after virus layoff
By admin - January 21, 2021

Washington got back on the practice court Wednesday for the first time in more than a week, but they seem like they need more time. Here are the highlights:

  • Friday night, the NBA said the night’s game would be postponed in a move that simply gives Washington more time to get game-ready again before playing Milwaukee.
  • That move, along with the postponement of Wednesday’s Memphis at Portland game, push the total to 17 games this season that have been pushed back because of the virus.
  • The NBA said Washington’s Friday game would be called off “due to the number of unavailable players for the Wizards, contact tracing for other players on their roster, and the length of time preceding the game during which the team was unable to practice.”
  • “The health of us is the most important thing, and the safety of us, and that goes far beyond the virus,” Wizards Coach Beal said. “It’s our physical health, too. … It’s unfair that other teams have been going and practicing and playing and having their constant rhythm. We haven’t played in a week and some change. It’s going to be tough on us. It’s going to be real tough on us.”
  • The earliest Washington will play now is Sunday in San Antonio — 13 days after the Wizards’ most recent game. The latest postponement means the Wizards have had six games pushed back in the last two weeks.