The Pacers current five-game road trip out west took a sudden turn on Thursday afternoon when their game against the Suns, scheduled for Saturday evening, was canceled due t the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
After beating the Pacers on Saturday, the Suns were thumped by the Wizards on Monday night but later learned the Wiz had COVID-19 positive tests which put the Suns in the contact tracing protocol. Without the league-required eight players available, the Suns can’t play until they are cleared. Prior to the Pacers game being postponed today, the Suns’ games against Atlanta last night and Golden State on Friday were also put on ice.
The Pacers have avoided any internal issues with COVID, thanks in large part to their early schedule being heavy with home games. Hitting the road is always a concern but they will avoid a problem in Phoenix which will also lighten the load by not having to play five games in seven days, nor face the Clippers on Sunday on a back-to-back.H
Here’s to hoping the Suns emerge from their quarantine time will minimal to no COVID cases which is far more important than the impact on the NBA schedule.