The Toronto Raptors announced that none of the team members who returned from their game against the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19.
After a tumultuous couple of days which has seen the NBA season put on hold, the Toronto Raptors received some encouraging news Friday night.
The team announced that none of the players, coaches or personnel tested positive for COVID-19 after upon their return from a game against the Utah Jazz. This comes days after Jazz centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus which forced any team that played against Utah into self-quarantine and to get tested.
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Obviously, this is a major relief for not only the organization but the NBA as well considering how quickly everything developed to the point where they had to immediately cancel games. For the Raptors, the biggest concern was obviously for Serge Ibaka who was guarding against Gobert for the majority of the game.
Really this hiatus the league is under benefits the defending because it allows players the opportunity to get some much-needed rest especially Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka who have been dealing with injuries lately. At the same time, the last thing any athlete wants is to be sitting around then having to get back into shape which could also lead to injuries as well.
This is certainly not the easiest thing for the league to deal with considering the uncertainty with the coronavirus and how fast it has been spreading into North America. Seeing it put a hold on sports made the concerns very real for those who might not have realized the severity of the situation on a global scale.
Of course, this is a difficult time for any fan especially NBA fans as the regular season was in the final stretch and now there is no telling how this break of “at least 30 days,” according to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, will impact the schedule.
If you are looking for something to do with no Raptors games on, try to find some footage of last year’s playoff run and relive one of the more glorious moments in franchise history.
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