Pelicans-Kings game postponed over concern ref worked Utah game earlier in week


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wednesday night’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was postponed minutes before tipoff.

The NBA said “the game was canceled out of an abundance of caution because one of the referees assigned to work in the game also worked a Utah Jazz game earlier this week.” The referee was Courtney Kirkland.

Kirkland was one of the officials for the Utah-Toronto tilt in Salt Lake City on Monday. Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

That led to the Jazz-Thunder game being postponed and the NBA suspending its season.


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