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Celtics' Depleted Roster For Postponed Game Vs Heat Leaves NBA Fans Confused On Twitter

On Sunday, the NBA postponed the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat game, causing fans to debate over the league and the COVID-19 rules placed by them.

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This Sunday, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat game became the second game during the 2020-21 NBA season to get postponed due to COVID-19 and the protocols set in place by the league. The call was taken after an unidentified Heat player returned with inconclusive test results, with statements speaking about the game being scheduled at a later date. However, before the game was postponed, nine Celtics players were sidelined. 

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Fans react on the Celtics vs Heat postponed game

According to reports, the Celtics were without nine players, seven of who were out due to health and safety protocols set by the league – Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Tristan Thompson, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, Javonte Green and Robert Williams. Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford were sidelined due to injuries. With the Celtics vs Heat matchup being postponed, fans reacted about the incident on Twitter, confused over the back to back announcements. 

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While fans were disappointed over the postponed game, many were confused as to how the NBA is decided. Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets fans spoke about the situation, wondering why that game was played with fewer players. Some even accused NBA commissioner Adam Silver, some stating that the Celtics are being coddled by the league. Some fans even urged the league to cancel the season, looking at the worsening COVID-19 situation. 

Celtics starting lineup: Who are the Celtics active players?

  1. Tacko Fall
  2. Daniel Theis
  3. Aaron Nesmith
  4. Tremont Waters
  5. Payton Pritchard
  6. Carsen Edwards
  7. Marcus Smart
  8. Jeff Teague

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While issuing a statement to The New York Times' Sopan Deb, NBA's spokesperson Mike Bass spoke about the COVID-19 situation, and how they expected game postponements and planned accordingly. "There are no plans to pause the season. We will continue to be guided by our medical experts and our health and safety protocols". ESPN's Adran Wojnarowski also reported that while rosters suffering due to the protocol, the league plans to continue as decided. 

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(Image credits: Boston Celtics Instagram)

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