James Harden is unavailable because of a violation of the Health and Safety Protocols, according to the the league. The league later fined Harden US$50,000 (S$66,500) for attending "a private indoor party" on Monday; a video circulating this week showed him at an indoor venue without a mask.
The NBA announced its decision to move the Rockets-Thunder game off its Wednesday schedule just hours before its scheduled tipoff in Houston, saying it was "in accordance with the league's Heath and Safety Protocols".
Harden should be available to play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rockets coronavirus contact tracing protocols kicked in after rookie Kenyon Martin Jr. was linked to haircuts taking place away from the team facility that featured several other players on the team, including new guard John Wall.
The NBA is still working with medical personnel on how long Harden must quarantine before being allowed to return to the Rockets. The postponement was the last thing the league was hoping for on the second day of the season, when a full slate of 13 games were scheduled.
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Patricks will allow a maximum of 50 vehicles per mass and 18 drive-in services will run between Christmas Even and January 3rd. At First Reformed Church in Sheldon, they plan to have two services on Christmas Eve - one at 4:30 and one at 6:30 p.m.
The Rockets vs. Thunder game was supposed to be one of the NBA's marquee opening night matchups to kick off the 2020-21 season. The Raptors are playing home games in Tampa, Florida.
The Rockets and the National Basketball Association are reviewing a video of Harden, who was reportedly partying maskless at a club. Harden was unavailable as he isolated after attending the social event, which was caught on video. "No matter how many times people try to drag my name under, you can't".
Harden has been making headlines lately as he & Houston may be drifting apart from one another.
James Harden is in some trouble for partying amid the coronavirus pandemic. "The real always end on top".
Harden, an eight-time All-Star and one-time MVP in 2018, reportedly requested to be traded and showed up late to training camp after attending rapper Lil Baby's birthday party in Atlanta and clubs in Las Vegas.