After a Miami Heat player’s COVID-19 test has come back inconclusive, the NBA have postponed tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics.
Because of the inconclusive test, the Heat will not have the required eight player minimum needed to proceed with the game. The Athletic’s Sham Charania was the first to report the news.
The Boston Celtics-Miami Heat game tonight has been postponed, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. A Heat player has returned an inconclusive test, and team does not have required eight players to proceed with game tonight due to contact tracing.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2021
From the NBA’s official press release:
NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2021 – The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols.
Because of ongoing contact tracing with the Heat, the team does not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with tonight’s game against the Celtics.
Earlier today it was announced that the Heat would be without Avery Bradley for the foreseeable future.
Heat listing Avery Bradley (health and safety protocols) as out tonight.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) January 10, 2021
Also on Heat injury report:
Goran Dragic (right knee soreness), Meyers Leonard (left shoulder strain), Kelly Olynyk (left groin contusion) are questionable. Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is probable.
With the Heat having played the Washington Wizards just last night, it remains to be seen what the league-wide repercussions of today’s development will be.
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
Heat players now being reviewed for contact tracing. Each player falling into that group would likely will be out a week. https://t.co/D5volANR3M— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 10, 2021
The Celtics were scheduled to only dress the minimum eight players for tonight’s game. The team has nine players currently out, including seven as a direct result of the NBA’s health and safety protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic.
This a breaking news story, more information will be added as it comes in.