Report: Four Rockets to miss two games in quarantine

Four Houston Rockets players received seven-day COVID-19 quarantines and will miss the team’s next two games, The Athletic reported Saturday.

Guards John Wall, Eric Gordon and Mason Jones and center DeMarcus Cousins will miss contests at Portland on Saturday and at Denver on Monday. They are expected to return to the lineup when the Rockets host Sacramento on Thursday.

Houston plays its first game of the season Saturday night against the Trail Blazers. The Rockets’ scheduled opener Wednesday against Oklahoma City was postponed because the team did not have the league-required minimum of eight players available due to positive tests and contact tracing.

Eric Gordon
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports)

Reserve wing Ben McLemore and rookie forward Kenyon Martin Jr. are sidelined indefinitely after testing positive for the coronavirus this week.

Star guard James Harden is expected to start against Portland. The NBA fined him $50,000 on Wednesday for violating the league’s health and safety protocols after he attended a private indoor party two days earlier.

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