Report: Heat shut down practice facility after 2nd player tests positive for coronavirus
Just like the Los Angeles Clippers did on Thursday, the Miami Heat have shut down their practice facility after a second player on the team tested positive for COVID-19, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
As expected, the Heat have declined to disclose who the player was. Miami high-flyer Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive:
Team has declined to name player who tested positive, with Sun Sentinel to abide by request for privacy. But it is a rotation player. Derrick Jones Jr. previously confirmed as testing positive. https://t.co/mKetetrt4o
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 3, 2020
The Heat are among the 22 teams scheduled to partake in the “bubble” games down in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. Miami has already clinched a spot in the 2020 playoffs.
The Heat’s eight seeding games have them taking on the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers (twice) and Oklahoma City Thunder. All eyes will be on Heat All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler and Pacers wing T.J. Warren when Miami and Indiana face each other since the two have major beef to settle.
Behind the stellar play of Butler and fellow All-Star Bam Adebayo, Miami racked up 41 wins before the season was suspended in March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The franchise missed the playoffs in 2018-19, so Heat Nation is excited to see its favorite basketball team back on the NBA’s biggest stage.
The “bubble” games start on July 30. The Heat’s first game against the Nuggets is on August 1.
Hopefully, no other player on the team contracts the coronavirus.
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