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How NBA teams are handling the season suspension due to coronavirus

NBA teams are responding to the decision to suspend the season following potential exposure to the coronavirus.

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A message on the video score board informs fans the game against the Utah Jazz has been postponed. Teams were told to go to the locker rooms just before tip off at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: March 12, 2:38 p.m. — The NBA has decided to suspend operations for 30 days.

The NBA announced on Wednesday it has suspended the 2019-2020 season while sorting out the fallout from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

A suspended season provides a chance to return at some point, but in the meantime it provides the league a chance to re-assess the impact of Gobert’s positive test. He was reportedly asymptomatic, but the virus can incubate for up to 14 days before symptoms show up, according to the World Health Organization — although WHO says it is most common for them to show up around Day 5.

The previous two weeks of the Jazz schedule included a home game against Toronto, road games against Detroit, Boston, New York, and Cleveland, and a home game against Washington. This does not mean Gobert had COVID-19 that entire time, but without knowing for certain, caution must be exercised.

Some teams have begun the process of self-isolation and testing to prevent further spread of the disease. We’ll track those teams below.

UPDATE: March 12, 10:39 a.m. — The Knicks weren’t the only team that had reservations about playing games without fans, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday. Woj also states that the Rockets encouraged a 3-4 week pause.

Raptors order self-quarantine for next two weeks

Celtics under self-quarantine in Milwaukee

Pistons reportedly ordered to self-quarantine

Cavaliers ordered to self-quarantine

G League suspends play indefinitely, same as NBA

Knicks also ordered to self-quarantine after playing Jazz recently