Heat-Celtics Game Postponed Due To COVID-19 Protocols

The NBA has postponed the HeatCeltics game scheduled for Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.

Both teams were dealing with COVID-19 related issues. A Heat player returned an inconclusive test on Sunday, and the team does not have required eight players to proceed with game due to contact tracing, Charania adds. Avery Bradley was ruled out by the Heat earlier in the afternoon due to the league’s health and safety protocols.

Boston was already down to the minimum eight players, mainly due to those same regulations. They had seven players listed as out due to health and safety protocols, including top scorers Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. They also had two injured players on their roster.

However, the NBA plans to trudge on despite increasing issues with the coronavirus. The league has no plans to pause this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets.

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19 thoughts on “Heat-Celtics Game Postponed Due To COVID-19 Protocols

  1. Steven St Croix

    Inconsistency is an issue. How do the let Houston play their first two games without 3 starters, but cancel this?

    • Down with OBP

      Because if the Celtics are good it’s better for the NBA’s ratings? It just leaves them open to so much criticism.

    • case7187

      Because it’s not based the talent of a player/player’s but the safety of teams the C’s only had 8 players and there’s probably a good chance some of them my have it also so no point in risking it

  2. cwr_12

    Idk but what I do know is that this will be one of the craziest seasons health wise

  3. ray win

    Does it not say that Miami does not have enough players ? Why dump on Celtics? Both teams are in the same situation. Why not have some compassion for both teams and other teams like the Sixers, and hope all recover fully and quickly?

    • Fallito

      If one of the 2 teams don’t have 8 players, the game is cancelled. Yesterday Sixers have 8 players and played 7. Dwight start at Center and DGreen at PF. Maxey started at PG and have 39

  4. The Howler

    The bigger issue is the apparent snowballing of the cases. The league might shutdown in The next month.

    • Luckylefty2

      Dude it’s not snowballing(yet) it’s just if 1 guy catches it, his teammates, or staff members have to sit out because of contact tracing. I can guarantee you the league will not shut down unless 80% of the league catches it at the same time.

      • The Howler

        I used “apparent” because I’m just going by reports not actual numbers. Quote from an ESPN article:

        “”They tell us it’ll be better later in the season, but I just hope this doesn’t break the league in the next few weeks,” one general manager told ESPN.”

        Exponential growth is sneaky in the beginning because the increases are small but it eventually gets larger and very noticeable.

  5. hoolegan

    I don’t get contact tracing in the NBA. If a player is found to be positive shortly after a game (i.e. next day), why isn’t the entire team and opposition subject to contact tracing?

    • DarkSide830

      yeah, what’s “close enough” when you’re playing a sport where you’re always bumping into people.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        I don’t know if this helps or not (like, if everybody is using the same definitions)… but due to my job, I fill out a LOT of surveys in regards to covid. The past several surveys (after asking if I have had direct contact with someone outside my household) have contained the following language: “Direct contact” means: a conversation lasting more than 5 minutes with a person who is closer than 6 feet away from you, or physical contact like hand-shaking, hugging, or kissing.

        Not saying I agree with that definition, but that’s what’s on the surveys I’m required to take these days.

  6. DarkSide830

    if the players dont want a bubble they have to stay home a bit more. Perhaps they are being fairly cautious, but this isnt good enough. you really cant go anywhere where you expect a solid quanity of people to be without putting the gentle balance of the league’s scheduling at stake.

  7. KnickerbockerAl

    And so here we find ourselves. Protocols protocols protocols and more protocols. Follow them what else can you do

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