According to insiders, Chicago's COVID woes may have an impact on the Heat.

Few times in the Miami Heat's history has the term "pyrrhic victory" been applied to them and been so accurate.

Their dismantling of a depleted Chicago Bulls team that was decimated by COVID-19 could have long-term consequences.

One case can throw a team off kilter, as it often does in these times, and in the case of the Heat, their locker room was complicated.

Caleb Martin was placed under the NBA's COVID health and safety protocols prior to the 118-92 victory over Chicago on Saturday night, and that prospect is now more real than ever.

Despite the Heat's three-game winning streak, this could put them in a lot of trouble for the rest of December.

On top of the Heat's problems, this situation could deteriorate further, as the Bulls placed two players in health and safety protocols following Saturday's game.

Many in the Heat organization will now be looking to Chicago to see how things play out, as two more players will be benched as a result of their positive results, making half of the team unavailable for play.

According to CBS Sports, Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., LaVine, Brown Jr., and White are all in protocol.

Could being overly cautious in the face of COVID cause a company to lose its effectiveness? If one were to play Devil's Advocate, one could argue that this is the case.

The current NBA policy requires players to either quarantine for 10 days or return consecutive negative PCR tests 24 hours apart after testing positive for the coronavirus, regardless of vaccination status.

The issue isn't so much the positive test as it is the fact that some of the players who test positive are also vaccinated.

Teams suffer for long periods of time when this is combined with a protocol that is still extremely cautious.

"Right now, we all have to figure this out," coach Erik Spoelstra told The Miami Herald on Saturday.

"Are players missing games because they're symptomatic? Are they asymptomatic? Have they all gotten their shots and boosters? Why would they be held out for so much longer than if they had the flu? I think there's a contradiction there, and if you just go hunting for it and add more testing and try to find things, you'll probably find it."

After all of those issues surfaced, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke out, saying that a series of positive cases could debilitate his team during their upcoming seven-day, four-game road trip.

One must consider the number of injuries they have, which could have serious consequences for a team that was medically responsible for the entire vaccine issue.

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