UPDATE: The Rockets-Thunder season opener has been postponed due to Covid-19, Shams Charania of The Athletic. Be sure to remove all players from HOU and OKC from your DFS and fantasy basketball lineups!
Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder game tonight has been postponed.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 23, 2020
The season opener between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets is in jeopardy due to a possible postponement from Covid-19, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There have been reports throughout the day of positive tests via the Rockets. John Wall, Ben McLemore and multiple young players including rookies KJ Martin and Jae’Sean Tate have all been ruled out. Houston may not have eight players to field enough to play the game. Now it’s looking like it may not be played.
The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder game is in jeopardy of postponement tonight, sources tell ESPN. No final word yet.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 23, 2020
James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins had negative tests come back on Wednesday. Harden was being investigated for a possible suspension after violating rules by attending a strip club without a mask on, per reports. So there was a chance Harden wasn’t going to play to begin with along with Wall and McLemore. We haven’t heard anything on the Thunder side as far as Covid-19 tests, so this is basically all Houston.
At this point, we have some time to react to the news, but I would prepare DFS and fantasy basketball lineups as though this game won’t be played. If they say the game will go on, we may not even know how many Rockets players will be able to go. Keep a close eye on the news and we’ll try to update you as quickly as possible.