It is the sixth consecutive postponement for Washington.
“The sport is being postponed as a result of variety of unavailable gamers for the Wizards, contact tracing for different gamers on their roster, and the size of time previous the sport throughout which the staff was unable to apply,” the league’s assertion mentioned.
After a nine-day pause due to a coronavirus outbreak on the staff, the Wizards have been lastly cleared to return to apply on Wednesday night. However the staff had solely eight gamers out there and mainly did mild taking pictures, in response to coach Scott Brooks.
Earlier than the NBA’s announcement, guard Bradley Beal mentioned the Wizards were “fighting the league” on playing Friday in Milwaukee as a result of that they had solely eight gamers out there and 6 sidelined by the NBA’s well being and security protocol.
“We weren’t in a position to get right into a gymnasium for every week,” mentioned Beal, whose staff hasn’t performed since Jan. 11 in opposition to the Phoenix Suns. “That alters guys’ rhythm, form — that is rather like a recipe for damage actually. I believe we’re combating the league on it.”
With a scarcity of wholesome our bodies and little conditioning, Beal mentioned he and Russell Westbrook deliberate to speak to Michele Roberts, the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation govt director, concerning the Wizards’ choices to remain protected.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.