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The NBA has not been unsusceptible to the effect of this winter’s surge in COVID-19 cases. Gamers continue to evaluate positive for the virus, which in turn forces colleagues that have actually entered contact with those players to sit out. Every team in the NBA has actually been affected either straight or indirectly so far this season, with the most significant consequence being the league’s recent rash of postponed games.

On Monday, the league faced among its tightest deadlines of the season. The Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons were initially scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. ET, however at 8:54 p.m., The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the video game would be delayed. Typically, video games have actually been held off with considerable advance notice.

That brings the league’s total so far this season approximately 23 postponements, with more almost certain to come.

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Last season, the NBA managed to make its method through the playoffs by playing in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando. To this point, going back to that arrangement has not reported as a possibility, and gamers have been adamant about their rejection to even think about the concept. LeBron James even mentioned PTSD when inquired about potentially playing in a bubble again.

But as the league has actually seen, playing in basic environments has shown exceptionally hard. Their COVID-19 protocols were upgraded in an effort to avoid further spread of the infection within the league, however that, too has actually seen pushback from gamers. So far, the NBA has ruled out pausing the season, but should the infection continue to make playing video games illogical, that is a service the league might need to think about.