The Houston Rockets could be without a key member of their rotation as they finish out their battle with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, and the reported reason is unfortunate.
Rockets forward Danuel House’s status for the remainder of the series is in question as the league is investigating a potential violation of bubble protocol, according to ESPN.
House has denied violating any protocols and reportedly did not leave the campus, though the NBA is now “probing House’s activity within the team hotel.”
Reporting with @ESPN_MacMahon: Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr.’s status for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals is in jeopardy as the NBA probes a potential violation of bubble protocol. House has denied any wrongdoing to the league.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 10, 2020
Others have received 10 day quarantines
The exact nature of House’s violation is unknown, as both the Rockets and the league declined to specify what is being investigated, per the report. It’s worth noting that House was listed out for Game 3 and Game 4 of the series due to “personal reasons.”
The NBA hasn’t seen many bubble violations in recent weeks, but many will recall Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes’ exit for chicken wings. There was also Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams’ infamous strip club, though that occurred on a trip outside the bubble.
If House is determined to have violated bubble protocol, he could be facing a mandatory 10-day quarantine as Holmes did with his violation, plus additional discipline. The minimum quarantine period — as seen for players who have left and later returned to the bubble for various reasons — is four days.
House averaged 10.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game with the Rockets this regular season. He has averaged 11.4 and 5.8 this postseason.
Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night. The Lakers currently hold a 2-1 lead.
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