NBA postpones Celtics-Heat tiff


    THE NBA postponed Sunday night’s (Monday in Manila) game between the host Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

    Due to ongoing COVID-19 contact tracing, the league said Miami did not have the required eight available players to proceed with the game.

    No makeup date was announced.

    The Heat announced earlier that guard Avery Bradley would miss the game due to the league’s pandemic health and safety protocols.

    The Celtics, meanwhile, were preparing to play the game with the minimum eight players. Nine Boston players are out, including seven due to the COVID-19 protocols: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, Robert Williams III and Tristan Thompson.

    Boston’s Kemba Walker (knee) and Romeo Langford (wrist) are out with injuries.

    The Dallas Mavericks practice facility closed Sunday morning (Monday in Manila) after forward Maxi Kleber tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN.

    It was the second positive test since Friday for the Mavericks.

    Starters Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Richardson, along with key reserve Jalen Brunson, all are sidelined because of health and safety protocols after one of them tested positive. It is unknown which player returned a positive test. All three remain quarantined in Denver, where the Mavericks were when the test results came in, The Athletic reported.

    The Mavericks are conducting contact tracing to determine whether any other players or coaches will need to enter the minimum seven-day quarantine period.

    Kleber, 28, was in the starting lineup when the Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 112-98.

    He scored five points and added three rebounds and two blocked shots in 24 minutes