December 23 local time, the second day of the new NBA season, due to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and a league star’s violation of the league’s health and safety agreement, the NBA announced the postponement of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets’ game scheduled for the Toyota Center in Houston that night.
The NBA league said that three Rockets players tested positive or uncertain after testing for the novel coronavirus in the NBA, and four more players were quarantined because they had close contact with them according to the follow-up survey.
In addition, the NBA League announced that Houston Rockets star James Harden could not participate due to health and safety violations.
The league said that all the other players of the Rockets were tested again on the 23rd and all got negative results. Another player of the Rockets is absent due to injury.
The game against the Thunder could not be played because the Rockets had fewer than eight players, which was lower than the minimum number of players required by the league. The NBA postponed the night’s game in accordance with the league’s health and safety agreement.