Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

The NBA has postponed Sunday evening’s Toronto Raptors home game against the Chicago Bulls due to positive COVID-19 results and contact tracing within the club.

With forward Pascal Siakam, head coach Nick Nurse and five members of his staff unavailable for Friday night’s 122-111 win over Houston, Toronto would not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with Sunday’s contest.

The Raptors announced Nurse and most of his staff would miss Friday’s game a few hours before tip-off, while Siakam was listed on the league’s injury report.

At the time, Toronto general manager Bobby Webster said it wasn’t clear Siakam’s situation was linked to the coaches.

“The NBA is being extremely careful here,” Webster said. “It’s early in what’s going on here, so I think we’re all being conscientious and not taking any risks…. We’ll see what tomorrow brings us.”

WATCH | Lowry leads Nurse, Siakam-less Raps past Rockets:

Toronto defeats Houston 122-111, Nick Nurse and 5 other members of the coaching staff along with Pascal Siakam were not at the game because of health and safety protocols. 1:23

The Toronto coaching staff was already shorthanded given that Chris Finch left the team earlier this week to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela and Jon Goodwillie make up the remainder of Nurse’s coaching staff.

Coming off back-to-back losses to Philadelphia and Miami that snapped a four-game win streak, Toronto pulled away from the Rockets in the second quarter, and by the time Norm Powell knocked down a three-pointer midway through the third, Toronto was up by 23.

Toronto is scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., before wrapping up its first-half schedule on Thursday in Boston.

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