Jazz/Thunder Game Postponed Seconds Before Tip-Off
Mar 11, 2020, 6:31 PM | Updated: 6:54 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA postponed the game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder after players were on the court and ready to start the game seconds before tip-off.
The Jazz and Thunder were scheduled to start their game on Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. (MDT).
Prior to the NBA’s postponement of the contest, players, coaches, and other personnel from the Jazz and Thunder were told to head back into the locker rooms only seconds before the scheduled start time.
Jazz vs. Thunder game postponed announcement: pic.twitter.com/c0k9jHmDXh
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 12, 2020
Seconds before starting the game, officials brought Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan together at mid-court for a discussion. After the conversation, both teams exited the court. A minute later, the officiating crew also left the hardwood.
Strange scene in OKC. Players, coaches, and other personnel from both the @utahjazz, and @okcthunder left the court and went to the locker rooms seconds before the game was scheduled to tip-off. #TakeNote #UTAatOKC pic.twitter.com/L0twMnzu7X
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 12, 2020
The conversation between coaches and officials was started after OKC’s head medical staffer Donnie Strack “grabbed the officials and told them something”, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
Something is going on here. Thunder head medical staffer Donnie Strack just grabbed the three officials and told them something. All players were just told to go back to their bench. We’re seconds from tipoff.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2020
Oklahoma City’s television broadcast reported that the start of the game was delayed due to Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s illness and the officials were waiting for NBA confirmation to begin play.
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) March 12, 2020
Minutes before the game was scheduled to begin, the Jazz ruled Gobert out of the starting lineup due to an undisclosed illness.
Rudy & Emmanuel have both been ruled out (illness) for tonight's game.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 11, 2020
Backup big man Tony Bradley was slated to start the game in place of Gobert.
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