Hawks-Suns recreation postponed because of COVID-19 contact tracing – Arizona Sports activities
Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns watches from the bench during the first half of the NBA preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 18, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Phoenix Suns’ home game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday has been postponed, the NBA announced.
The Suns gave their players the day off Tuesday after the Washington Wizards, who Phoenix played Monday night, announced two players were placed under COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Washington canceled its Tuesday practice “out of an abundance of caution.” Wojnarowski added that some Wizards have since tested positive, and the league confirmed that the Hawks-Suns postponement is due to contact tracing procedures affecting Phoenix.
Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro adds that no Suns tested positive for coronavirus since the Washington game, but Phoenix will be required to undergo additional testing as there is lag time between transmission and positive tests for the virus.
The two Washington players under protocols are forward Rui Hachimura and center Moe Wagner. Hachimura started and played 28 minutes Monday in a win over the Suns, while Wagner registered 22 off the bench. Both players were officially listed as questionable for Washington’s game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
That game has since been postponed because the Wizards will not have the minimum of at least eight players active.
The Suns had originally scheduled a pro day for Tuesday, a time for players to come to the practice facility to get treatment, weight room work and testing done. That was canceled, the team told ArizonaSports.com’s Kellan Olson.
Before playing the Suns, the Wizards had games against the Heat, Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, all of which have dealt with coronavirus concerns due to contact tracing.
Upon the news that the Atlanta-Phoenix game was postponed, Hawks center Clint Capela posted this on Twitter: