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.
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.
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. “
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.
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.
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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