Positive tests force nuggets to close the practice facilities

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The Denver Nuggets say they closed their facilities after two members of the team’s tour group tested positive for the corona virus over the weekend. A third tested positive this week.

All three are asymptomatic, the Nuggets confirmed on Tuesday a report by Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.

The 35-person tour group consists of players, coaches and employees.

Also on Tuesday, David Griffin, General Manager of Pelicans, said three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will isolate themselves until tests show that they can return to team activities without infecting others.

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It is unclear whether the nuggets will reopen their practice facilities before the team flies to Orlando on July 7 to continue the season, which was interrupted in mid-March due to the virus that killed more than 128,000 people in the U.S.

The 22 teams that will restart the season on July 30 returned to their practice facilities last week. Players, coaches and staff underwent ongoing testing to continue the season.

A week ago, a person who knew the situation informed The Associated Press that Nuggets Superstar Center Nikola Jokic, one of only four players with an average of 20 points and 10 rebounds, tested positive for the virus in Serbia.

Nuggets trainer Michael Malone recently announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and believes he had the virus in March.

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When the season resumes on July 30th at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the nuggets start with a 43-22 record, placing 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and 1 1/2 games before fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference playoff race.

In New Orleans, Griffin declined to identify the players who tested positive for the virus and referred to privacy laws.

The positive tests took place on June 23, the first day that all members of the pelicans were tested as part of the NBA plan to restart the season. Griffin said no Pelicans players have tested positive since then.

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