Rockets-Thunder season opener postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests

Wednesday’s season opener between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder has been postponed after the Rockets revealed their staff didn’t have sufficient eligible gamers because of COVID-19 restrictions. The postponement could possibly be an indication of an extremely rocky season to come back for the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation. 

Three Rockets gamers both examined constructive or acquired inconclusive check outcomes, the NBA stated in a assertion. As a result of mixture of constructive check outcomes, gamers dominated out from contact tracing and injured gamers, Houston wouldn’t have had the required eight eligible gamers for Wednesday’s sport. 

Rockets gamers John Wall and Demarcus Cousins have been each despatched house, ineligible to play in Wednesday’s sport, based on CBS Sports activities. Whereas neither of the gamers examined constructive for COVID-19, contact tracing put them in shut contact with one other constructive participant. Two different Rocket gamers are quarantined because of contact tracing.

Fan favourite James Harden can be unavailable to play because of what the NBA known as a “violation of well being and security protocols.” In a video he posted on social media, Harden was seen unmasked at an area membership. Harden’s presence on the membership violated the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, which prohibit gamers from attending lounges, golf equipment and events with greater than 15 individuals. 

In response to the NBA, all different Rocket gamers have been examined Wednesday and acquired damaging check outcomes. The league has but to reschedule the sport. 

The 2020-2021 season started Tuesday night time, lower than three months after the earlier season’s Finals ended. Following a postponement in March introduced on by the pandemic, the NBA accomplished the 2019-2020 season in a bubble in Orlando, Florida. However no bubble can be applied for the present season, and all eyes are on the NBA to see if groups can compete safely whereas out in the actual world. 

The Rockets are the primary staff to have an outbreak up to now.

To assist with the inevitable COVID-19 re-scheduling, the NBA has solely scheduled 72 common season video games, as an alternative of the standard 82. The league has additionally solely launched the primary half of the schedule, as extra outbreaks may fully rewrite the second half of the yr. 

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