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Rockets’ COVID Woes May Postpone Game with Trail Blazers

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Houston and Portland are scheduled to meet on the 26th of December, but we still don’t know if that will happen.

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The Portland Trail Blazers’ game against the Houston Rockets on December 26th could be in jeopardy after many of the Rockets players have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are ineligible to play due to the NBA’s contact tracing protocol.

Early in the morning on December 24th, Tim McMahon of ESPN tweeted about the availability of the Rockets’ players for the match-up with the Blazers.

Later in the day on the 24th, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on which Rockets players would be unavailable for the game on Saturday according to the NBA’s contact tracing protocol.

NBA guidelines state that a team must have eight eligible players for a game to be played. If the Rockets have fewer than eight players available on Saturday, the game between them and the Blazers will be postponed. Houston was unable to compete in their season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night for this reason. We’ll see what happens on Saturday.

UPDATE

The Rockets might still be able to field a team for tomorrow’s game, following an update from MacMahon.