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NBA was indefinitely postponed because of nCoV

Utah Jazz team leader Rudy Gobert positive nCoV on March 11, causing the American professional basketball tournament to be postponed indefinitely.

The decision was made by the NBA organizers, one hour after the first case of nCoV at the tournament.

Rudy Gobert and his teammate Emmanuel Mudiay had to get tested right before the match against Oklahoma City Thunder. According to The Athletic, Gobert although still positive for nCoV still requires competition, due to feeling himself fit enough to enter the field.

Rudy Gobert, 2m15 tall, is the pillar of Utah Jazz as well as the French basketball team. The 27-year-old center-forward is the NBA’s best defensive player in the last two seasons. This season, Gobert made his first All-Star squad appearance.

The match between Thunder and Jazz is scheduled to take place at 8am this morning 12/3, Hanoi time. Right at the time of play, the organizers suddenly announced the postponement of the match with the reason “unpredictable”. Players of the starting teams must leave the field and withdraw to the changing room. 30 minutes later, the match was canceled when the test results of Gobert were made public. The players from both teams were kept at Chesapeake – Thunder’s home ground – to isolate.

Gobert was positive for Covid-19

Gobert rubbed his hands into the mic in the press conference room on 11/3.

While members of Jazz and Thunder were quarantined at the Chesapeake Arena, five other teams were asked by the organizers to quarantine their residence, including the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. These are the teams that have been playing against Jazz for the past 10 days.

The incident came just a day after the NBA organizers announced that the next home games for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco would be unpopular, fearing Covid-19’s influence.

In the NBA main season, each team plays 82 games. The best eight teams from each region qualify for the playoffs. As of today 12/3, the team with the most matches is the Atlanta Hawks (67 matches) and the team with the least match is the LA Lakers (63 matches).

There were still many games to play for the current season before it was cancelled and 4 major players that should have defined the NBA season but will have to wait and see what will happen next and when will the league continue

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The NBA All-Star 2020 series will kick off tomorrow

The All-Star series of the US professional basketball tournament will take place in three days, from February 15-17 in Chicago.

As every year, NBA All-Star consists of three main events. Opening the three-day All-Star series is the NBA Rising Stars match between young talents taking place on February 15. Next is the skills competition, three-point throwing and basketball taking place at 8am on 16/2. The most interesting event, the 69th NBA All-Star match took place at 8pm on February 17.

This year’s NBA All-Star game will be changing the format of the game, in memory of Kobe Bryant – the legend died with his daughter Gianna due to a plane crash last month.

In the first three rounds, the two teams will compete and calculate the result in each round, each round of the score will return to 0. The winner of each round will receive $ 100,000 in charitable money, the team that wins the whole match will add 200,000 USD. In the fourth round, the results of the previous three rounds will be combined.

Instead of playing the last 12 minutes of the regular match, the team that reaches the target score first wins. The target score is the total score of the team with the higher score in the first three innings, plus 24 points. 24 is the number of shirts Bryant wore in the second half of his NBA career.

After the selections of captain LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, members of the two All-Star teams were identified. The LeBron team includes Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Anthony Davis and LeBron in the starting lineup.

The bench includes Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook and Domantas Sabonis. Lillard suffered a groin injury at the last minute and should be replaced by Devin Booker.

The Giannis team includes Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Pascal Siakam and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the main lineup. The reserves include Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo.

All LeBron players will wear the number 2 to commemorate Gianna Bryant, while the Giannis will wear shirt number 24 to commemorate Kobe. The right side of the chest of the two teams will have a black circle with nine white stars. The symbol is dedicated to the nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26, including Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

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