Sunday’s sport between Boston and Miami was postponed due to contact tracing considerations inside the Warmth, an individual conversant in the state of affairs instructed The Related Press.

The Celtics would have been with out seven gamers for the sport in accordance with the NBA’s well being and security protocols for coping with COVID-19, all of them dominated out earlier Sunday — together with two others due to harm. That will have left Boston with solely eight out there gamers, the league minimal.

The state of affairs grew extra advanced because the groups acquired nearer to the scheduled 7 p.m. tipoff. The Warmth dominated Avery Bradley out due to the identical protocols, and the group was going by contact tracing to see if anybody else wouldn’t be eligible to play.

That course of was nonetheless ongoing Sunday afternoon, and given the uncertainty — whether or not the Warmth must deem many gamers out or not — the choice was made to postpone the sport, in response to the one who spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of neither the groups nor the league had introduced the postponement publicly.

It’s the second sport postponed within the NBA this season. A sport between Oklahoma Metropolis and Houston was postponed on Dec. 23 as a result of the Rockets didn’t have sufficient eligible gamers to play — three had returned assessments that have been both constructive or inconclusive for the coronavirus, 4 others have been quarantined, James Harden was unavailable for violating the protocols and one other participant was out with an harm. That left Houston with seven gamers.

The Celtics on Sunday dominated out Jaylen Brown, Javonte Inexperienced, Semi Ojeleye, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams due to the protocols. That is probably the most any group has been with out due to virus-related points to date this season however doesn’t essentially imply any of the affected Celtics examined constructive.


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