Sunday’s game featuring the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics has been postponed by the NBA after the league’s contact tracing policy left the Heat with less than the required eight active players for the game. This is the second game of the season that has been postponed to due COVID-19 protocols, the first being the Thunder-Rockets season opener.
Despite games being postponed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA has no plans to cancel the season.
ESPN Sources: While the Celtics-Heat game has been postponed tonight, the NBA has no plans to pause the season despite thinning rosters because of COVID-19 protocols in several places.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2021
Although only two games have been cancelled so far, COVID-19 numbers have been rising throughout the league. Leading up to the game there was growing fear that Boston would also not have enough available players. On Saturday the Philadelphia 76ers activated an injured Mike Scott (who did not play) just to be eligible for the game.
The rising number of cases have led to questions about whether or not the NBA will be able to finish the season at the current rate. The NBA has maintained it’s position to move forward but if cases continue to pop-up and more games are cancelled the league may need to rethink their scheduling for the remainder of the 2021 NBA season.
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