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Jazz/Thunder Game Postponed Seconds Before Tip-Off

Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a call during an opening night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Minutes before the game was scheduled to begin, the Jazz ruled Gobert out of the starting lineup due to an undisclosed illness.

Backup big man Tony Bradley was slated to start the game in place of Gobert.

Coronavirus Concerns In The NBA

The Golden State Warriors will be the first NBA team to play a game in their home arena without fans due to rising concerns about Coronavirus. The Warriors issued a press release saying their game on March 12 will be played at Chase Center against the Brooklyn Nets in front of an empty arena.

The Warriors have canceled or postponed all other events at the Chase Center through March 21, guests who purchased tickets will either be refunded or given tickets to the rescheduled events.

NBA owners took part in a conference call on March 11 to determine further action regarding coronavirus.

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