Miami Heat Look in Serious Trouble Thanks to NBA’s COVID Protocols

Published 01/11/2021, 5:28 PM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Last year, the entire NBA season was plagued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the league made immense efforts to conduct the last portion of the season in the Orlando Bubble. It appears that the league might have to take the same steps this season. As recently due to the rise in the number of cases, the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics game was postponed.

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Along with the Heat and the Celtics’ matchup, fans won’t witness a potential duo between the Mavericks-Pelicans either. With the two games being postponed, league executives will conduct a meeting regarding the same.

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Until a concrete decision comes out of the meeting, the Miami Heat have their own problems to deal with. The primary reason responsible for the games being postponed in the increase in number positive cases. According to NBA insider Tim Reynolds, the Heat might have to enter the court without at least 5 of their players next time.

The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact tracing issues on Monday, and a person with knowledge of the situation said the Miami Heat were preparing to be without ‘at least five’ players for the next several days because of possible exposure to the coronavirus. “

Are the Miami Heat heading towards a rough patch?

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As of now the report by Tim Reynolds didn’t reveal the names of the players. But even if all the star players are available for the Heat, they still need a good bench. Furthermore, there should be at least 8 active players for the team to even participate in a game.

Dec 23, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shoots beyond Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the secon quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Even if there are only 5 players infected from the virus right now, the number could rise in the coming days. Assuming the worst, the whole league could be heading towards a hiatus. But even if the league keeps running, Miami is on the edge of going through a rough patch in the coming weeks.

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Hopefully, the league can find a way to restrict these rising cases. What are your thoughts on the Miami Heat potentially heading towards a bumpy road? Let us know your views in the comments section down below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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