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The Endesa League postpones all matches on matchday 16 due to covid outbreaks

The ACB has announced the postponement, due to covid cases in the visiting team, of the match between Valencia Basket and Gran Canaria, on matchday 16 of the Endesa League, which was to be played this Monday at 9:30 p.m.

“The Valencia Basket-Gran Canaria match, scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, January 3, at 9:30 p.m., and corresponding to matchday 16 of the Endesa League, has been postponed due to the situation of positive cases due to covid-19 that affect the Gran Canaria squad. The ACB will shortly communicate the new date for the dispute of the match, ”the statement said. Valencia Basket-Gran Canaria was the only one of the day that had not yet been postponed due to covid cases.

The basketball classic between Real Madrid and Barcelona that was to be played this Sunday at the WiZink Center (6.30 pm) is one of the nine postponed games. Real Madrid is the leader of the League with 13 wins and one loss and Barcelona is the second classified with 11 wins and two losses.

Barcelona announced just half an hour before the New Year's Eve chimes that their coach, Saras Jasikevicius, center Brandon Davies and point guard Nicolás Laprovittola tested positive for covid-19. Kuric, Oriola and Calathes were already out for this reason before last Thursday's Euroleague game against Baskonia. In addition, Abrines has been injured since the beginning of the season.

Barcelona's positives came after tests carried out after the game they lost to Baskonia 94-75. The Croatian coach of the Vitoria team, the Croatian Neven Spahija, could not be present at the match because he had also tested positive. Hours later, Baskonia reported that several more positive cases had been detected in its squad. The ACB postponed the match that the Baskonia team was supposed to play against San Pablo Burgos this Sunday (17.00).

Real Madrid also suffers numerous casualties due to covid and injuries. On December 23, they beat CSKA 71-65 on matchday 17 of the Euroleague. He managed it despite the fact that he had 11 casualties and his assistant coach, Chus Mateo, had to resort to three juniors. The Euroleague postponed the match between Madrid and Fenerbahçe on December 29.

The wave of positives has also caused the Murcia-Tenerife, Fuenlabrada-Joventut, Andorra-Manresa, Obradoiro-Breogán, Baskonia-Burgos, Betis-Bilbao and Unicaja-Zaragoza matches to be postponed. At this time, they are pending to play 16 games postponed due to the covid. The ACB has arranged that the match of the 14th day that was to be played on January 4 between Barcelona and Manresa, be played on January 9. On January 4, the postponed match of the 15th day between Joventut and Real Madrid is still scheduled.

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