The start of the Warriors’ game against the Jazz in Utah Saturday has been moved to 6 p.m. PT, the team announced Wednesday. Tip-off had originally been set for 2 p.m.
Pushing back the start of the game will allow time for the Warriors and Jazz to process additional COVID-19 testing prior to tip-off, according to a team source, thereby reducing the risk of an infected player taking the court and spreading the coronavirus.
This serves as a precautionary step as 15 games across the NBA have already been postponed. So far, the Warriors (Jan. 15 in Phoenix) and Jazz (Jan. 13 in Washington) have each had only one game postponed this season.
The broadcast will still be televised on NBC Sports Bay Area and on radio at 95.7 “The Game.” It had initially been slated to air on NBA TV nationally, but the tip-off time change means the game will only air in local markets.
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