Just hours after Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards topped the New York Knicks for their 24th victory of the season in the 64th game, the NBA put the 2019-20 season on hold, 16 games short of the finish line, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and across the world.
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight's Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
The Wizards played their final game before the shutdown against a Knicks team that played the Utah Jazz six days prior. Washington also played Utah five days before that. Out of an abundance of caution, that has put the entire Wizards team under quarantine. The Wizards issued a statement of their own.
“Under the direction of team and MedStar medical staff, the Washington Wizards have advised players, coaches and basketball operations personnel to self-quarantine for the next three to four days. The decision was made with an abundance of caution due to the team’s recent game schedule, which saw them play at Utah on Feb. 29 and against New York (who played Utah on Mar. 4) on Mar. 10.”
It is not yet known if or when the 2019-20 NBA season will resume.