The NBA has officially announced what we all saw coming: The Chicago Bulls matchup with the Toronto Raptors at the United Center tonight has officially been postponed. This marks the second contest against Toronto that Chicago has had postponed, and their 3rd contest of the season.
Officially official pic.twitter.com/fr6O0RmfxL
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 22, 2021
While the Bulls may have enough of their core to suit up for tonight, the Raptors were about to trot out a G-League team. Eight players – OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn, and Dalano Banton – are currently stationed in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. Meanwhile, Khem Birch, David Johnson, and Justin Champagnie are all out with varying injuries.
The Raptors had signed numerous hardship players from the G-League to fill roster gaps in advance of tonight’s game. However, according to Marc Stein, part of this postponement could have been due to some of those players immediately having to enter protocols.
Now hearing Raptors at Bulls tonight is at risk for postponement because some of Toronto's emergency signees from the G League Showcase in Vegas might have to go right into health and safety protocols. Toronto still might not have enough players.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 22, 2021
The Bulls’ next game will now fall on December 26th against the Indiana Pacers. Afterward, the team will play a home-and-home series against the Atlanta Hawks, who are also currently dealing with their own outbreak.