Celtics vs Heat postponed by NBA after Miami player returned inconclusive COVID-19 test, compared

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The Boston Celtics were going to be severely shorthanded for their game against the Miami Heat on Sunday night. On their official injury report, the Celtics have listed a total of nine players against the Heat. Seven of those absences – Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Tristan Thompson, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, Robert Williams and Javonte Green – are due to players being placed in league health and safety protocols in the middle of the game. ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tatum and Robert Williams have both reportedly tested positive for the virus. Two other players – Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford – were due to be eliminated due to injury concerns.

With all of those players sidelined, the Celtics would have only had eight players available to face the Heat on Sunday. Those eight players are Tacko Fall, Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, Tremont Waters, Carsen Edwards and Jeff Teague.

As the league plans to allow the Celtics to advance and play tonight’s game with this eight-man roster, Shams Charania de l’Athletic reports that the game was postponed after an unidentified Heat player returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test leaving Miami with less than the eight available players mandated by the league to compete due to contact tracing.

Despite the postponement, Adrian Wojnarowski d’ESPN.com reports that the league has no plans to suspend the season at this time, even though membership across the league has declined due to COVID-19 protocols in several locations.



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