Rockets-Thunder postponed in NBA COVID-19 nightmare

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It took just one day for the NBA to postpone a game due to coronavirus.

Wednesday night’s matchup between the Rockets and Thunder in Houston was postponed, the league announced, because the Rockets did not have eight players available.

The Rockets sent multiple players home because of contact tracing after rookie Kenyon Martin Jr. tested positive for the virus.

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were among the Rockets players sent home, though neither has yet returned positive tests.

Wall, Cousins and Martin Jr. had gathered Tuesday night at an apartment for haircuts, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, superstar James Harden was ruled unavailable due to a violation of the Health and Safety Protocols, after video leaked of him partying without a mask.

Harden has been demanding a trade from Houston.

The NBA season began Tuesday with the Nets beating the Warriors. The Lakers lost to the Clippers later that night after being presented with their championship rings.

The league completed last season in a so-called bubble near Orlando in Disney World after COVID-19 caused the season to be suspended; however, most teams are playing in their respective cities, without fans, for now.

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