Nurse, five Raptors assistants sidelined to due COVID-19 health and safety protocols

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse watches play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and five members of his coaching staff have been sidelined due to COVD-19 health and safety protocols.

Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo will take charge of the team, the Raptors said.

Star forward Pascal Siakam was also listed out due to health and safety protocols, according to the league's injury report.

The coaches will not be on the bench beginning with Friday night's game against the visiting Houston Rockets, but "will continue to work remotely, and details on their return will be communicated when appropriate," the team said.

Raptors general manager Bobby Webster is scheduled to speak to the media ahead of tipoff.

It's uncertain who will take over on the bench for what was already a shorthanded staff. Chris Finch left the team earlier this week to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela, Jim Sann, and Jon Goodwillie make up the remainder of Nurse's coaching staff.

It's also uncertain how many games the coaching staff will miss. The Raptors host Chicago on Sunday.

The Raptors have been lucky amid the global pandemic with no games postponed or rescheduled. Because of Canada's border restrictions, they're playing the season at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.