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Rockets-Thunder postponed due to contact tracing

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Rockets basketball is going to have to wait a little longer.

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The Houston Rockets offseason has been given an extension.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets’ season opener vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed.

The game was postponed because contact tracing ruled out most of the roster, giving the Rockets fewer than the necessary eight players to play in tonight’s game.

Ben McLemore, who was ruled out yesterday due to a positive COVID test.

James Harden, who was seen on social media at a largely-attended event without a mask, was ruled out after violating the league’s health and safety protocols.

The league fined James Harden $50,000 for this violation, but did not suspend him, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The team also ruled out KJ Martin after he had a positive test that needed more conclusivity. Contact tracing led to ruling out several other Rockets, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Jae’Sean Tate and Mason Jones.

The next steps for the Rockets are uncertain, but for now, the team has a game scheduled for Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Dream Shake will continue to update this developing story.