Bulls-Raptors postponed due to health and safety protocols


Sunday night's matchup between the Bulls and Toronto Raptors in Tampa, Fla. has been postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the NBA announced.

The Raptors, per a league release, would not have been able to field the minimum eight players required to play a game due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the team. The Raptors played their Friday night game against the Houston Rockets without head coach Nick Nurse, Pascal Siakam and five assistant coaches due to protocols.

It's the fourth Bulls contest to be postponed during the 2020-21 season, all of which were due to positive tests or contact tracing on the opponent side. One of those four was already made up when the NBA replaced a postponed Feb. 17 matchup at the Charlotte Hornets with a home game against the Detroit Pistons, which the Bulls won 105-102.

The Bulls had already arrived in Tampa, where the Raptors are stationed for the 2020-21 season, and had a film session planned for the morning of the game before the news was announced. The team will jet back to Chicago Sunday before a home matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Incidentally enough, it's actually the second time the Bulls have flown to the state of Florida only to have a game postponed. The team got news of the postponement of the 2019-20 NBA season while in Orlando for a matchup with the Magic in March 2020.

The NBA has now postponed 31 games this season, per its website. The Bulls play two more games before the end of the first half on March 4. The All-Star break runs from March 5-10 before the second half begins, which the Bulls will enter with 34 games played.


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