NBA postpones Thunder-Rockets sport due to Covid-19 and fines James Harden $50,000

The NBA introduced Wednesday that the sport between the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and the Houston Rockets on the Toyota Heart in Houston has been postponed in accordance with the league’s well being and security protocols.

Moreover, the league mentioned Rockets star James Harden was unavailable to play within the sport in opposition to the Thunder on account of a violation of the well being and security protocols.

The league subsequently introduced Wednesday that Harden has been fined $50,000, saying the Rockets guard violated guidelines when he attended a non-public indoor occasion on Monday. NBA guidelines presently prohibit attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or extra folks or getting into bars, lounges, golf equipment or comparable institutions.

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The NBA mentioned three Rockets gamers have returned assessments that had been both constructive or inconclusive for Covid-19 below the NBA’s testing program. 4 different gamers are quarantined at the moment following contact tracing.

The league mentioned that every one different Rockets gamers had been examined once more Wednesday, and all returned destructive outcomes. Houston has one extra participant who’s unavailable on account of an harm.

Due to all of this, the Rockets would not have the league-required eight obtainable gamers to proceed with Wednesday evening’s sport in opposition to the Thunder, the NBA mentioned.

This is not the primary time the Thunder have had a sport impacted by Covid-19. On March 11, the NBA halted the 2019-2020 season after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz examined constructive for Covid-19 forward of the workforce’s sport in opposition to the Thunder in Oklahoma Metropolis.

The season resumed in late July with playoff-contending groups on the Walt Disney World Resort simply exterior of Orlando, Florida, and ended on October 11 with the Los Angeles Lakers profitable the NBA Finals.

The league is just not utilizing a bubble this season, as an alternative taking part in in groups’ house arenas excluding the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are taking part in house video games in Tampa, Florida.

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