NBA postpones Heat-Spurs due to COVID-19 outbreak

MIAMI (AP) – The NBA postponed Wednesday’s game between Miami and San Antonio after a combination of injuries and positive COVID-19 cases left the Heat unable to meet the eight-player requirement.

This is the tenth game postponed in the NBA this season due to problems related to the coronavirus. No new date has been announced for a single of those matches.

Miami lost 12 players to the Spurs game for various reasons. The Heat beat Washington over the seas for the night with eight players available – of those, only five would have been able to play Wednesday in San Antonio.

Gabe Vincent, who played 35 minutes in Tuesday’s win, learned after the game that he had tested positive and was unable to travel. Jimmy Butler was ruled out for Wednesday after spraining his right ankle with about a minute left in the game against the Wizards, and KZ Okpala was unable to play because of an injury he also suffered Tuesday.

The Heat also added PJ Tucker and Zylan Cheatham to health protocols, neither of whom were active Tuesday.

And Tuesday’s meeting was held after Max Strus, a Miami base and who had not presented symptoms, was removed after the warm-up, when he tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the protocols.

“This is what puzzles us now with this variant” of the virus, said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “I’ve said this before: I think we’ve reached a point where we need more information. Are there more asymptomatic? What does all this mean, with the double vaccine, the booster and the asymptomatic? What adjustments can we make? I think this creates a lot of confusion. “

Miami had tried to strengthen its roster on Wednesday, paradoxically with the help of the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s affiliate in the G-League. The decision was partly due to the fact that those players could get to San Antonio relatively quickly, in time to play. on Wednesday.

Miami was in the process of hiring Austin center Aric Holman on Wednesday and will likely need new reinforcements before its next engagement, scheduled for Friday in Houston.

Almost every team in the NBA has dealt with a coronavirus-related problem in recent days. More than 120 players and five coaches were in the protocols at the start of Wednesday.

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