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Report: NBA facing at least month-long hiatus due to coronavirus

NBA suspends season due to coronavirus

The seats are empty at the Amway Center in Orlando, home of the NBAs Orlando Magic, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The NBA has suspended the season due to the coronavirus. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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The NBA suspended its season in the wake Rudy Gobert testing positive test for coronavirus – sparking numerous questions, especially:

How long will the stoppage last?

Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, via Justin Russo:

The regular season was originally scheduled to end in just over a month. So, this throws the entire schedule into disarray. The league reportedly expects to resume the season with a truncated schedule. But this is also the same league that – as of yesterday – expected to continue games, just without fans in attendance. There are so many variables.

The NBA’s most-affected team will determine so much of this. (Unless the season resumes with the playoffs. In that case, it’d be the league’s most-affected postseason team.)

Recent Jazz opponents – Cavaliers, Knicks, Celtics, Pistons, Raptors – are self-quarantining. In Toronto’s case, that’s for at least 14 days.

Kayla Grey of TSN:

Presumably, other teams face similar timelines.

There are also further-reaching effects to other teams – like the Wizards.

Chris Miller of NBC Sports:

As coronavirus spreads, a return to NBA basketball becomes such a moving target. But Toronto’s two weeks of self-isolating set a clear starting point. And that’s only the start.