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Pelicans-Kings game canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Update II: NBA:

The National Basketball Association game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings scheduled for tonight at Golden 1 Center has been canceled. The game was canceled out of an abundance of caution because one of the referees assigned to work in the game also worked a Utah Jazz game earlier this week. Earlier tonight, the NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.

“Canceled” -- rather than “postponed” -- is a surprising word choice.

Update: Pelicans:

Sam Amick of The Athletic:

This was the right call. It shouldn’t have come so close to the scheduled start. But at least the right call was made in the end.

The NBA suspended its season.

Effective tomorrow.

That announcement came with one game scheduled for today that hadn’t yet tipped off – Pelicans at Kings.

Sam Amick of The Athletic:

Sean Cunningham of ABC10:

This game should not be played tonight. The NBA will already have to deal with rescheduling games, including another originally scheduled for today. What’s one more?

Everyone is better off isolating until a clearer picture of the situation emerges. That’s the whole point of the hiatus.

Playing now would be needlessly risky.