The NBA has postponed Sunday’s game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, according to NBA Insider Shams Charania.
A Heat player returned an inconclusive test, leaving the team without the minimum eight players needed due to contact tracing protocols.
The Celtics were already entering the game without seven players due to Health and Safety protocols, which included Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, Semi Ojeleye, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams.
Despite missing all these players, the Celtics still had eight players available to play Sunday’s game against the Heat until Miami’s own COVID issues surfaced.
It is the second time the league has postponed a game for COVID reasons since the season began three weeks ago, but per multiple reports, the league plans to ride out the rough patch and has no plan to pause the season.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that there are a growing number of team officials hoping the league pauses the season, however.
A new date for the game has not been reported or announced.