Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, staff will not be on bench vs. Rockets

By Field Level Media
Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reacts as he coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Six members of the Toronto Raptors’ coaching staff — including head coach Nick Nurse — will not be on the bench on Friday when the team faces the Houston Rockets in Tampa.

The Raptors declared on Friday afternoon that the six members of the staff are sidelined due to health and safety protocols. All will continue to work remotely.

General manager Bobby Webster is expected to address the media at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Nurse, 53, is the reigning NBA Coach of the Year. He is in his third season as the Raptors head coach after five seasons as an assistant.

The Raptors (16-17) have lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.

The Rockets (11-19) have lost nine straight games.

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