NBA cancels Oklahoma City’s season-opener due to COVID-19 cases with the Rocketsvia Thunder

NBA cancels Oklahoma City’s season-opener due to COVID-19 cases with the Rockets

The league announced that decision on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before tip-off. 

The issue was with the Rockets, who did not have the minimum eight available players for the game.

According to a statement from the NBA, three Houston players returned test results that were either positive or inconclusive. As a result, four additional Rockets were placed in quarantine for contact tracing reasons. 

Additionally, Rockets star James Harden was declared unavailable for the game after violating the league’s COVID-19 policies, the release said. 

The Rockets also have one player out due to injury, bringing them below the eight-player minimum. 

It’s unclear when or if this game will be made up. 

This is a bit of a full circle moment for the Thunder, who were also in the spotlight for a cancelation back on March 11 when Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive just minutes before tip off. 

The 2020-21 NBA season began on Tuesday night, with the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers securing victories over the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. 

OKC’s season-opener will now take place on Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets. 

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