Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Toronto Raptors star forward Pascal Siakam, head coach Nick Nurse and five assistant coaches will be unavailable for Friday night's game against the Houston Rockets because of the NBA's health and safety protocols, the team announced.
Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo will serve as the team's head coach against the Rockets. The coaches who will miss Friday's game will continue to work remotely.
"Due to health and safety protocols, six members of the Raptors' coaching staff, including head coach Nick Nurse, will not be on the bench beginning with Friday's game vs. Houston," the team said in a statement. "They will continue to work remotely, and details on their return will be communicated when appropriate."
Despite having most of Toronto's coaching staff unavailable for Friday's tilt against Houston, the NBA ultimately ruled that any contact tracing wouldn't extend to players other than Siakam, which allowed Friday's contest to be played.
Toronto last played Wednesday, when they fell to the Miami Heat on the road. The Raptors lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at home.
The Raptors are spending this season in Tampa, Fla., because of border restrictions and quarantine requirements for those crossing the U.S.-Canada border.