Coronavirus: NBA cancels New Orleans Pelicans-Sacramento Kings game at Golden 1 Center

The coronavirus situation escalated quickly on Wednesday night. Early in the evening, the league postponed the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup after Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the virus. A short time later, the NBA announced that all play would be suspended following the conclusion of the night’s games. 

That final game was supposed to be a matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, but it too was postponed. The primary issue was that a referee scheduled to work the game, Courtney Kirkland, was part of the crew for the Jazz-Raptors game on Monday. The Pelicans were the ones pushing for the game not to be played, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. 

A short time later, the game was officially called off. 

“The National Basketball Association game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings scheduled for tonight at Golden 1 Center has been canceled,” the league said in a statement. “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.”

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