98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The National Basketball Association has decided to postpone Sunday’s head-to-head between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Per Charania, the decision came following an inconclusive test from a Heat player, which put Miami under the eight-player requirement for the game to to go on as originally scheduled.
The Celtics are going their own roster crisis, too, which began earlier this week with three players added to the health and safety protocols list before Jayson Tatum had a positive COVID-19 test Saturday. That led to the Celtics closing their facility Saturday, and with Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, and Semi Ojeleye added to the list. That left the Celtics down seven players via the healthy and safety protocols list, while guards Romeo Langford and Kemba Walker remain out of action with injuries, putting the C’s down a staggering nine players.
Had Sunday’s game gone on as scheduled, the Celtics would have had just eight players available. And it would have been a staggeringly small lineup for the C’s, with Aaron Nesmith as the team’s only wing, and with Daniel Theis and Tacko Fall as Boston’s only frontcourt options.
Despite the recent outbreaks, the NBA has no plans to pause the 2020-21 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.