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Wizards vs. Bucks game Friday postponed despite Washington returning to practice [UPDATE]

Washington hasn’t played in a little over a week due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Head coach Scott Brooks and Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards look on against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

UPDATE: Jan. 20 — The Wizards game against the Bucks has been postponed due to Washington not being able to field an 8-man roster. Westbrook and Rui Hachimura are still sidelined and the Wizards are still dealing with health and safety protocols.

The Washington Wizards may play a basketball game in the NBA for the first time in almost a little over a week! The Wizards were cleared to return to the practice court on Wednesday night and have a chance to play a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Washington has had to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak since Jan. 11 after their game against the Phoenix Suns. That has led to five games being postponed after the Wizards announced seven positive Covid-19 tests throughout the last week.

On top of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Wizards have been operating without a few key players. Thomas Bryant tore his ACL and is done for the season. Russell Westbrook suffered a setback before the outbreak and is sidelined with a quad injury. So that would mean nine players were deemed ineligible, making it difficult for the Wizards to field an 8-man roster.