"Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the players' association in accordance with CDC guidance", the league's statement reads.
So, that's a total of 8 guys unavailable for the Rockets - which leaves them without enough players to field a team. "Following the contract tracing protocol, four other players are quarantined at this time".
Houston's opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night was scrapped after coronavirus cases and Harden's violation of the NBA's COVID-19 protocols left the Rockets without the league-mandated eight players available to start a game.
ESPN reported that veterans John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins and rookie Kenyon Martin Jr had gathered at an apartment away from the team's facilities for haircuts.
Saturday's game at Portland would be postponed if the Rockets can not clear eight players to play. Harden, in a since-deleted Instagram post, explained why he was at the event.
Harden's absence, combined with two players who had tested positive for COVID-19, and several more deemed close contacts of those two players, the Rockets did not have the required eight available players to play the game, forcing it to be postponed.
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No new date for Rockets versus Thunder has been determined at this time.
It sounds like Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Darius Miller is nearing his return to the court, though he might not be ready for the game on Saturday.
Harden has been making headlines lately as he & Houston may be drifting apart from one another. Everyday it's something different. 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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