The Dallas Mavericks and the NBA released statements about the suspension of play on March 12. Here is the latest information.
The Dallas Mavericks were in the midst of hosting the Denver Nuggets when a strange scene began unfolding in Oklahoma City. First, the game was delayed and eventually canceled moments before tipoff. Both teams were on the floor. The contest was seconds away from getting underway.
Word spread quickly that the NBA put the rest of the season on suspension. This was in the middle of a game that the Mavericks continued to play. The reason for the suspension was Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the Coronavirus.
Fans were left with more questions than answers after Wednesday’s game. All anyone knew was that no basketball was going to be played for an undetermined period of time. Luckily fans got updates on Thursday.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following letter for fans.
At least supporters can take comfort that the league is planning on playing the games after at least a 30-day break. Some worried that the season would be over completely.
The Mavericks also released a statement which can be seen here.
They will not be practicing until at least Monday. Players are to be taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus.
There are still a ton of unanswered questions at this point. When will the games resume? Will the Mavericks finish all 82 contests of their scheduled regular season? Will fans be in attendance when games pick back up? There are no answers to those and other questions at this time.
What we know is that the NBA has suspended games for at least 30 days. Hopefully, they resume after that, and fans get to see the Mavericks wrap up their regular season plus make a playoff run. Stay tuned for all the latest at The Smoking Cuban.