The game between the Thunder and the Jazz in Oklahoma City was postponed on Wednesday night due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the league.
Moments before tipoff, officials and coaches conversed before the teams went back to their locker rooms.
A little while later the NBA decided to call the game, drawing boos from the crowd. The Thunder PA announcer said: “The game tonight has been postponed. You’re all safe. Please take your time and leave the arena in an orderly manner. You’re all safe.”
Early reports indicated concern around Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who was listed as questionable with an illness before the game. Though Gobert’s specific illness is not known, this comes in the midst coronavirus pandemic and two days after he reportedly touched every reporter’s recorder during media availability — with players and writers spaced apart from one another.
Earlier, the NCAA made a decision to ban fans from attending its men’s and women’s basketball games due to the pandemic.
On Thursday, it was announced the Nets and Warriors game in San Francisco will be played without fans.