The NBA postponed a game Sunday night between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics when the Heat did not have enough available players due to the league’s coronovirus health and safety protocol. It was the second game of the season after the team was short-handed following protocol.
“Due to ongoing contact with the Heat, the team does not have the eight available players required for the league for tonight’s game,” the league said in a statement.
On Sunday, the Celtics were also missing an important part of their roster, including their stars. Less than a month later, the season is headed in the wrong direction, missing games after testing positive for an increasing number of players, or potentially, exposure to the virus.
“” We had anticipated that the games would be postponent this season and this season would be planned accordingly. “He said, ‘There are no plans to stop the season. We will continue to be guided by our medical experts and our health and safety protocols.”
Along with Celtic and the Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls listed at least three players in their injury reports over the weekend in relation to the league’s virus protocol. Several other teams also had at least one player listed, a clear contrast to the NBA’s conclusion of the 2019-20 season at the Walt Disney World Campus in Florida over the summer. No games were postponed then, and no players were asked to test positive.
NBA Postponed a game The second day of the season between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder when the Rockets did not have enough available players due to injuries and virus protocols.
The league’s injury report does not say whether a player is out because he tested positive or was simply potentially exposed. A player who tests positive may be isolated for at least 10 days, and the one exposed may be in quarantine for several days. Every week, the NBA announces how many new players have tested positive. In its most recent report on Wednesday, four players tested positive, minus the first week and two in the first week of the game.
Coach Rick Carlisle said before the Mavericks’ game against the Orlando Magic, “We’re all dealing with a huge set of circumstances, so we have to remain calm, and we always have plans for adversity.” Saturday, when Dallas was missing three players due to virus protocols. “We’re hoping that this sort of thing was definitely a realistic possibility, and now we’re working with it.”
The Sixers used only seven players against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday Philadelphia guard Seth Curry tested positive. Four players missed the game due to the virus protocol. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Sixers Stars, also missed the game, although coach Doctor Rivers said his absence was due to knee (Simmons) and back (imbid) injuries. Before the game, in response to a question about whether he had told the league that he did not want to play with so few players, River said he was concerned.
“I don’t think we should,” Rivers said. “It’s not for me to express that. I worry about the health of our player on the floor.”
The Nuggets won Saturday’s game 115-103. To help Philadelphia keep the game competitive, the Sixers rookie, Tyriss Max, scored 39 points in his first career debut. But the Nuggets beat the Sixers in the second half.
The Celtics, who were scheduled to play the Heat at 7 pm Eastern time on Sunday, will be without seven players due to virus protocols. Prior to the postponement, the only player in the Heat stated that Avery would be Bradley due to protocol. The Heat’s next game is against the Sixers on Tuesday.
The Celtics played the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Subsequently, Jason Tatum of the Celtics and Bradley Beal of the Wizards were in court conversing with each other. Athletic reported The conversation was about Tatum’s contact with Beal, which caused Beal to miss a game against the Heat on Saturday night. according to this Different Reports, Tatum learned after Friday’s game that he had tested positive for the virus.
Even before the weekend, some teams played games without key players due to protocol. The Nets’ Kevin Durant missed the most last week, but he was available for Sunday evening’s game against the Thunder. The Nuggets have been without Michael Porter Jr. all month, and it is unknown when he will return.
Commissioner Adam Silver said in a press news conference that he was confident that the NBA would be able to complete its planned 72-game season.
“If we hadn’t been, we wouldn’t have started,” Rajat said.
But as to what would happen in suspending this season, Rajat said: “The idea is, I think, if we got a situation where our protocols were not working, it means that not only do we have Kovid’s There were some cases, but we witnesses were spread either between the teams or possibly in another team, which would allow us to suspend the season. “
He said: “I think we are ready for isolated cases. In fact, based on what we’ve seen in the preseason, looking at other leagues working outside the bubble, unfortunately this is somewhat justified. “