The Los Angeles Lakers finished off a 4-1 series victory over the Rockets with a dominating 119-96 blowout in Game 5. House missed the final three games of the series after the league determined he had broken NBA bubble protocol. It was tied, 1-1, through the first two games.
Harden: House’s bubble exit a distraction
Harden was asked about the House situation in his post-game media comments.
#Rockets star James Harden on the Danuel House situation:
"Very, very disappointing. It affected us. Obviously, we still have to go out there and play a basketball game, and play a series. But it affected us. Obviously, it's a distraction. He was a huge part of our rotation." pic.twitter.com/pWx2GeGkw2
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) September 13, 2020
Harden told reporters:
“Very, very disappointing. And it affected us. Obviously we still have to go out there and play a basketball game, play a series. But it affected us because obviously [it’s] just a distraction and he was a huge part of our rotation. But you know we still had to go out there and compete and try to get games, try to win games.”
House, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 31.0 minutes over the nine playoff games.
House exits bubble for having unauthorized guest
House missed Game 3 due to “personal reasons” and Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes later reported the league was investigating him for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his hotel room.
The investigation found he spent several hours with the “unauthorized guest” in his room on Sept. 8, breaking NBA bubble protocol. House left the bubble.
The COVID-19 official did not implicate House when questioned, per a report by The Athletic, but did say she had contact with center Tyson Chandler.
Chandler also missed Game 3 due to “personal reasons” and was reportedly cleared in the NBA investigation.
It was the first major violation of NBA bubble protocol since it was set up in July.
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