It’s been a rough late-week stretch for the Toronto Raptors, who despite beating the Rockets on Friday, did so without stud Pascal Siakam, as well as Head Coach Nick Nurse and five assistant coaches who were out because of NBA health and safety protocols.
And now, it’s impacting the Chicago Bulls:
Due to positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within Raptors, the team does not have the league-required eight available players to proceed. https://t.co/xaFRktmWl4
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 28, 2021
Tonight’s Bulls-Raptors game is being postponed because of contact tracing for the Raptors, per The Athletic’s Shams Charnia. It’s the fourth postponement of the Bulls’ season. Three of those games still have to be made up at some point down the line. No date for a rescheduled Raptors-Bulls game has been set.
There’s never a great time for a postponement, but the timing is sub-optimal from the Bulls’ perspective. The team flew into Florida on Saturday, only to not play today. And now, they’ll be flying back to Chicago, where a date with the Nuggets awaits. Not to mention, another postponement just means the Bulls already busy second-half schedule has just become that much busier.
I guess some extra rest never really hurts, but it would’ve been nice to see the Bulls get on the court tonight. The Bulls atrocious 4th quarter against the Suns on Friday left a bitter taste in my mouth. One I’d like to get rid of sooner, rather than later. Hopefully, the Raptors – who are playing in Tampa this season because of Canada’s health and safety protocols – can get back on the healthy path soon.
The Bulls will play the Nuggets tomorrow night before wrapping up their first-half schedule on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.