Prior to the season, the NBA acknowledged in its own health and safety memo that there were going to be COVID-19 cases. “It is likely that some personnel, players, and other individuals in the 2020-21 season nonetheless will check positive or contract COVID-19,” the memo mentioned. “Especially as the infection stays common in particular team markets and surrounding communities.”

The coronavirus has actually undoubtedly remained common across the nation, and as an outcome the positive COVID-19 cases– and related quarantines due to close contacts– are starting to install. But regardless of the different problems, which consist of Sunday’s video game in between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics being postponed, the league has no strategies at this time to suspend the season, according to a report ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

” We prepared for that there would be video game postponements this season and planned the schedule appropriately,” NBA representative Mike Bass told ESPN in a statement. “There are no strategies to pause the season, and we will continue to be assisted by our medical experts and health and wellness procedures.”

Some team executives have actually privately raised concerns in the turbulent previous several days, however commissioner Adam Silver has actually stayed dedicated to pressing through video games with a minimum of eight available gamers per team and attempting to finish as much of the schedule as possible previous to widescale access to vaccinations that might begin to bring normalcy back to the league and nation.

Up until now this season there’s been a variety of stars who have actually had to miss video games due to COVID-19 related circumstances, consisting of James Harden, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Bradley Beal. Lots more have actually had to remain or go into quarantine for differing lengths of time due to call tracing procedures.

Today, in particular, things got particularly bad. Beyond the Celtics-Heat video game that was held off, the Philadelphia 76ers needed to dress a hurt gamer– Mike Scott– in order to have adequate qualified players to go on with their match versus the Denver Nuggets.

The league will indicate the truth that only two video games this season have actually been rescheduled, however the increasing variety of cases and the subsequent fall out is having a significant influence on all fronts: competitiveness, injuries, logistics and even team sociability.

“They tell us it’ll be much better later on in the season, but I simply hope this does not break the league in the next few weeks,” one basic supervisor told ESPN.

Up until now the league has handled to prevent any significant outbreak within a team or teams, and disallowing that it appears they are determined to advance, negative effects be damned.