Coronavirus: Miami Heat close practice facility after second player tests positive

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The Miami Heat closed their practice facility for training after a second player tested positive for the coronavirus, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

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Derrick Jones Jr. was identified as testing positive last week, but the name of the latest player to contract COVID-19 was not reported.

According to the Miami Herald, the latest player to test positive was placed in quarantine but is still expected to be ready to join the team for the season’s restart. The newspaper also reported that a Heat staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

The Heat reportedly will not train again in Miami before heading to the Orlando area next week ahead of the resumption of NBA action, but they will continue to test players at their South Florida facility.

Play is due to begin July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with 22 teams vying for playoff berths. Miami’s first game will be on Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets.

The Heat joined a list of NBA teams that reportedly have shut down practice facilities due to coronavirus cases in the past few weeks, along with the Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.

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