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Now, it is unclear if Toronto will be able to return to the court before the All-Star Break begins this coming weekend. The Raptors are scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons Tuesday before traveling to Boston to play the Celtics in their last game before the break. There is, as of now, no word as to whether the Rockets’ game Sunday night in Houston against the Memphis Grizzlies will need to be postponed as a result of what’s happening with the Raptors.

NBA teams to see draft of second-half schedule this weekend?

The NBA is expected to share with teams a draft of the league’s second-half schedule as early as this weekend, or likely next week, sources told ESPN. The NBA released only the first half of the schedule in order to build in flexibility to make up games postponed due to health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus. Postponements this week involving the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs have delayed the schedule release, sources said.

In conversations with teams so far, sources said league officials have expressed a desire for each to play 72 games if possible — even if that requires Washington, Memphis and other teams who have had several games postponed to play more often over the rest of the season. That will require those teams to play more back-to-backs, league officials have informed team executives, sources said. The league has told teams it will try to avoid back-to-back-to-backs and segments in which a team plays four games in five nights, sources said.

Kevin O’Connor: Yeah, it certainly seems that way. It seems to be trending in that direction, where we’re gonna see, you know, a group of games canceled, so teams don’t have to deal with that hassle. And, you know, I’ve had conversations with a handful of executives in the past week where the conversation has started to shift at least among teams, not necessarily in the league office. But like, is there logic here to having a short term bubble until it’s to the point where you can get vaccines for players and coaches and people who work on those teams and travel? Because what they’re doing right now doesn’t seem to be working that well. 

Kevin O’Connor: […] Some front office executives and coaches or from conversations I’ve had previously, were like ‘a bubble shouldn’t happen, won’t happen,’ have now said, ‘Well, maybe it should happen for at least a period of time until you can get vaccinations and all that.’ Ryan McDonough: Well, yes, I have heard that as well, Kevin. And that’s one of the other options. It’s very difficult logistically to pull off in a short period of time, because there’s, you know, a shutdown on March 11.

Marc Stein: The NBA just announced its 23rd postponement of the season … and its first in February after 21 last month: Detroit at Denver tonight is off because the Pistons, due to contact tracing, can’t dress the requisite eight players …

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