Warriors to face Nets in empty Chase Center

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The Golden State Warriors are planning to play home games without fans for the foreseeable future in observance of the San Francisco Health Office’s order prohibiting events of 1,000 people or more from assembling, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

The Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday then go on a two-week road trip before starting a four-game homestand March 25.

Sources told Wojnarowski on Tuesday that the NBA board of governors has a scheduled conference call with the commissioner’s office Wednesday. The call is expected to include one designated ownership representative of each team, sources said. There are two additional calls set for Thursday for team presidents and general managers, sources said.

The NBA is discussing a number of possibilities, including moving some games to NBA cities that have yet to suffer outbreaks, eliminating fans from buildings for games or, more drastically, suspending game operations for a period of time.

Also on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a congressional committee that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has topped 1,000, with the number of deaths at 31.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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