What a mess.
Utah and Oklahoma City were just about to play in OKC, but the game was brought to pause when a medical staffer came onto the floor to talk to referees, according to ESPN. Players and staff were then sent to their locker rooms and the game was ultimately scrapped with this announcement over the PA system:
Breaking: The Thunder-Jazz game has been postponed to a later date, per the NBA. pic.twitter.com/4z8liN5Kra
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
The fans were already in there and waiting for the game to start.
A rumor/conspiracy/whatever currently making the rounds on Twitter is that this had something to do with Rudy Gobert, who was listed as “out” for the game with illness, causing people to think it’s the CORONAVIRUS.
Here’s the trail of tweets if you wanna see for yourself:
Rudy Gobert: a play in three acts pic.twitter.com/bKWLufKH8K
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) March 12, 2020
I’ll update if an official statement comes out, but for now I think we know where this is headed. We’re probably playing these games in front of empty arenas or not playing at all beginning tomorrow.
Both teams and lockerrooms are currently quarantined. Nobody has left Chesapeake Arena
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) March 12, 2020
Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable — and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
What the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck