Heat places literally every player on the injury report after receiving an NBA fine before the Mexico City game

The Miami Heat are either the most injured team in the NBA or have been very public in attacking the league.

The team’s Friday began when the NBA fined him $25,000 for “Failure to disclose an accurate game availability status for multiple players‘ ahead of his win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

For those not speaking league office, the NBA penalized the Heat for sitting star Jimmy Butler, among others, for what the team described as “knee maintenance.” Although Butler was absent, the Heat defeated the Thunders but could not avoid the fine.

An hour after the fine was announced, the Heat released a curious injury report. Every single one of the 16 players on the Heat’s active roster has been listed as injured, with varying availability for Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Three players are missing, but only two of them are injured.

Here is the full report:

  • Bam Adebayo is doubtful with a sprained left ankle

  • Jimmy Butler is likely busy managing injuries to his right knee

  • Jamal Cain is out due to a G League assignment

  • Dewayne Dedmon is doubtful with plantar fasciitis in his left foot

  • Udonis Haslem is questionable with a right Achilles tendon

  • Tyler Herro is likely with a sprained left ankle

  • Haywood Highsmith is doubtful with a left quadriceps bruise

  • Nikola Jovic probably has back cramps

  • Kyle Lowry is doubtful with left knee pain

  • Caleb Martin is doubtful with a sprained left ankle

  • Victor Oladipo is likely busy managing left knee injuries

  • Duncan Robinson is likely with a sprained left ankle

  • Orlando Robinson probably suffers from back problems

  • Max Strus is likely to have right shoulder impingement

  • Gabe Vincent is out with an effusion in his left knee

  • Omer Yurtseven is out due to surgery on his left ankle

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It’s worth noting that Heat’s injury report was already pretty full – the same report a day earlier had 12 players out, but the team decided to add Cain, Haslem, Highsmith and Orlando Robinson shortly after the penalty.

Granted, Miami could really be dealing with a string of Homer at the Bat-style illnesses, but the more likely explanation is that the team is shadowing the NBA by disclosing game availability for all of its players after having was fined.

We’ll, of course, see how hurt the Heat are when they speak out in Mexico City, a game that is significant to the NBA and its efforts to spread the game internationally.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) scores as he sits on the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Monday, December 30, 2019 in Washington.  The Wizards won 123-105.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The NBA wasn’t happy with the Heat after Jimmy Butler missed a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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