Stephen Curry is perhaps the “Petty King,” however the Heat organization has its own Petty Kingdom in South Beach.
On Friday, Miami became the most recent team to earn a tremendous for violating the NBA’s injury reporting rules — at some point after the Nets earned a tremendous for a similar offense. Per the league, the Heat were fined $25,000 because they “didn’t disclose an accurate game availability status for several players prior to its game vs. Oklahoma City on Dec. 14,” a game wherein five players didn’t suit up due to injury or G League project.
Have a have a look at the injury report that cost the Heat $25,000:
Miami’s response was perfectly petty.
With the Heat receiving the news of the tremendous as they prepared to face the Spurs in Mexico City on Saturday, they took great measures to make sure all game statuses were accounted for on the injury report. Danny Marang of Portland’s 1080 The FAN noted that the team made the additional effort to incorporate each of their 16 players on the injury report.
From the ankles of Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson to the knees of Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo, nobody can say that Miami didn’t disclose accurate game availability statuses this time.
The timing of Miami’s decision also adds to the comedy: its injury report was submitted at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday — an hour and a half after the tremendous was announced.
The Heat’s injury report for the sport in Mexico City perfectly encapsulates the variety of bumps and bruises that players take care of over the course of an 82-game season.
Sometimes, these bumps and bruises are reported. Sometimes, they are not. And possibly that is the point.
Because the NBA provides hourly injury updates, we’ll see if all 16 players remain on Miami’s injury report ahead of Saturday’s 5 p.m. ET tip-off. As of 11:30 p.m. ET Friday, they were all still there.
The Heat have 52 more games remaining within the regular season, so you may also follow along to see if this becomes a nightly thing.
While Miami’s response probably won’t set a nightly precedent within the league, the Heat may not be the last team to answer a tremendous in such a way. We’ll see how the league responds.
You possibly can start a petty tracker of your personal by following the NBA’s official injury reports here.