Norman Powell scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the depleted Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 122-111 on Friday night.
Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and five members of his coaching staff have been sidelined due to COVD-19 “health and safety protocols.”
Star forward Pascal Siakam was also listed out due to health and safety protocols, according to the league’s injury report.
Assistant Sergio Scariolo, who got out of quarantine Friday morning after returning from being with the Spanish national team for FIBA qualifying, acted as head coach against Houston.
The team says in a statement that Nurse and his staff – Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela, Jim Sann, and Jon Goodwillie – will not be on the bench for Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets and that they will “continue to work remotely.”
General manager Bobby Webster would not confirm if any of the coaching staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, citing privacy concerns. It’s also uncertain how many games they will miss.
The Raptors bench was already shorthanded after Chris Finch left the team earlier this week to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While players have missed games due to health and safety protocols this season, the Raptors have not had any games postponed or rescheduled due to coronavirus.
Toronto entered Friday’s game against the Rockets with a 16-17 record and is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Due to the Canada-U.S. border restrictions, the Raptors are playing this season in Tampa Bay.