Detroit Pistons’ postponed game vs. Chicago Bulls rescheduled for Jan. 11; Suns game moved

Detroit Free Press

The NBA rescheduled the 11 games it postponed in December due to a league-wide COVID-19 outbreak, and it led to two changes on the Detroit Pistons’ calendar.

The Pistons’ road game against the Chicago Bulls, scheduled for Dec. 12, will now be played on Jan. 11. Detroit’s home game on Jan. 12 against the Phoenix Suns has been pushed to Jan. 16. Tickets purchased for the Jan. 12 game will be honored on Jan. 16.

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The Pistons will also host the Utah Jazz on Jan. 10, so they will have a home-road back-to-back against the Jazz and Bulls next Monday and Tuesday before taking two days off ahead of their home game against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 14.

Toronto had six games affected, Chicago had five and Brooklyn had four. In all, 18 of the league’s 30 teams had at least one game date changed by the postponements or future adjustments, all of which were revealed Monday.

There are now seven teams that have at least one stint of playing four games in five nights: Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans and Denver. The original NBA schedule didn’t call for any such stretches, though it was unavoidable with the changes.

The Nets — who couldn’t play at Portland last month because they were missing nearly a dozen players with virus-related issues — have a most unusual schedule coming next week.

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Brooklyn plays Sunday against San Antonio at home — then will fly across the country to play the rescheduled game at Portland the next day, Jan. 10. The Nets then come back East and visit Chicago on Jan. 12.

To help with the demands of that Portland trip, the NBA moved Sunday’s Spurs-at-Nets game to noon Eastern. The teams had been scheduled to play a night game, but now the Nets should be in Portland by late Sunday night.

The Pistons started a three-game road trip on Monday, and will face the Milwaukee Bucks before flying to Charlotte to face the Hornets on Wednesday, and to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Thursday. 

Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Omari Sankofa II at osankofa@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @omarisankofa. The Free Press has started a new digital subscription model. Here’s how you can gain access to our most exclusive Pistons content. Read more on the Detroit Pistons and sign up for our Pistons newsletter.

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