Heat-Spurs postponed, Miami loses 12 players

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December 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, United States; Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent (2) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards guard Craig Sword (32) during the first half at the FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night’s game between the Miami Heat and host San Antonio Spurs has been postponed by the NBA because Miami did not have the eight-player minimum.

The Heat lists 12 players on their injury report – six due to COVID-19 protocols and six due to injury.

Among the injury absences are stars Bam Adebayo (thumb) and Jimmy Butler (ankle). Protocol players include Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker.

Miami had exactly eight players when it won a 119-112 home victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

But Butler injured his right ankle with 1:03 to go and KZ Okpala injured his right wrist during the match. Also, Gabe Vincent played on Tuesday and is now one of the Miami players in the protocol.

Another player, Max Strus, entered protocol just before Tuesday’s game started. The two other Heat players in protocol are Zylan Cheatham and veteran Udonis Haslem.

The postponed match was to be the start of a seven-game road trip. The Heat will face the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Spurs have two players in the protocols – top guard Dejounte Murray and forward Devontae Cacok.

San Antonio’s next game is Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

–Field level media

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