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GAME PREVIEW: Heat-Spurs game postponed with Butler, others ruled out

Butler and Okpala are out, while Miami adds Vincent, Tucker, and Cheatham to inactive list.

Washington Wizards v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

UPDATE: The NBA has officially postponed tonight’s Miami Heat game against the San Antonio Spurs.

The NBA announced today that the Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs game scheduled for tonight at AT&T Center has been postponed. The Heat do not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with the game against the Spurs.

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (22-13) will try to have enough players available tonight to take on the San Antonio Spurs (14-19) at 8:30pm.

Jimmy Butler (ankle) and KZ Okpala (wrist) have been ruled out due to injuries while Max Strus, Zylan Cheatham, PJ Tucker and Udonis Haslem have now joined Kyle Lowry in the inactive list under the NBA’s health and safety protocols — as well as assistant coach Caron Butler and trainer Jay Sabol. Heat legend Alonzo Mourning has also recently disclosed he has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as analyst John Crotty.

In response to so many missing players, the Heat signed Kyle Guy to a 10-day hardship contract that could help the team in a variety of ways and have just signed center Aric Holman of the G-League Austin Spurs. They may have to sign more from the nearby team as they roll into town in the first game of a seven-game road trip.

The currently active players for the Heat are:

Jimmy Butler

Caleb Martin

Tyler Herro

Duncan Robinson

Marcus Garrett

Omer Yurtseven

KZ Okpala

Kyle Guy and Aric Holman

With the Heat left to a skeleton team of active players, now even more depleted with Butler’s latest injury, it could come down to the health of players like Duncan Robinson and Marcus Garrett to determine whether or not tonight’s game takes place. The only players not mentioned in any injury report or health protocols (so far) are Herro, Yurtseven, and Martin — who just returned from the inactive list.

Robinson appeared to be injured just two minutes into last night’s game against the Wizards when he was ruled for a personal foul but grimaced as he got up from the court in pain. Okpala took a heavy fall on his wrist after a hard foul near the rim late in the first quarter. Both players continued to play the rest of the game.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 38% chance to win the game (if it’s played).

HEAT VS SPURS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 8:30 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Markieff Morris: out (whiplash)
  • Dewayne Dedmon: out (knee)
  • Bam Adebayo: out (thumb surgery recovery)
  • Kyle Lowry: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Max Strus: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Gabe Vincent: out (health and safety protocols)
  • PJ Tucker: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Zylan Cheatham: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Jimmy Butler: out (ankle)
  • KZ Okpala: out (wrist)

SAN ANTONIO:

  • Dejounte Murray: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Zach Collins: out (ankle)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Knicks Position Heat
Knicks Position Heat
Kemba Walker PG Gabe Vincent
Evan Fournier SG Duncan Robinson
RJ Barrett SF Jimmy Butler
Julius Randle PF PJ Tucker
Nerlens Noel C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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