Celtics-Heat game postponed due to lack of players available

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Boston was going to have to face Miami with the National Basketball Association minimum of eight players on Sunday night. Miami guard Avery Bradley is out due to health and safety protocols, too.

For the Celtics and all other teams in the league, it has to be said that the bubble plan was for eight regular-season games plus the playoffs, encompassing two and a half months of game play.

"They tell us it'll be better later in the season, but I just hope this doesn't break the league in the next few weeks", one general manager told ESPN. Nine Boston players wouldn't have been able to dress, including seven due to the league's health and safety protocols.

As hard as the season has been, the league has still avoided a single widespread outbreak within a team and had only two games postponed thus far.

The NBA did not reveal a makeup date for the game. Brooklyn's Kevin Durant had the virus last spring, but he had to miss three games last week after being exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Celtics had seven of those players and Miami had another.

That's taking a toll on rosters, and it could get worse before it gets better for teams.

"I think the NBA's doing all they can and they're doing a great job, and the (National Basketball Players Association) as well, working together to do a great job to make sure we are as safe as possible", IN guard Victor Oladipo said.

Despite the Bulls missing Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono due to contact tracing, as well as Chandler Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky due to positive COVID-19 tests, the reason for the cancellation is not due to Chicago's troubles. Turns out, the Heat didn't even have that many. "It's leading to more injuries and more missed time".

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