What is going on with the Rockets’ Danuel House?

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Rockets reserve forward Danuel House missed Game 3 of the Rockets-Lakers series Tuesday for “personal reasons.”

As soon as that was reported along with the fact that House hadn’t left the NBA Bubble, eyebrows immediately were raised about what was going on with House.

House is listed as “out” on the Rockets injury report for Thursday’s Game 4 with the same “personal reasons.”

On Wednesday night, a little bit of clarity came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon, as they reported that House is being investigated for a potential violation of the NBA’s protocol.


Early in the NBA Bubble, the Kings’ Richaun Holmes had to spend 10 days in quarantine for breaking the perimeter of the bubble when he said he was picking up food from a delivery person.


ESPN reports that House didn’t leave the perimeter of the bubble.



We know House is still in the NBA Bubble, and he disputes that he broke any rules off the court. The ESPN report says the NBA and the players’ association are discussing the issue.

Officials with both the Rockets and the league have declined to get into any rules that House may have violated.

When asked Wednesday about House’s availability, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, “I have no idea.”


House, the Rockets’ sixth man, has averaged 11.4 points per game in the playoffs, including 13 against the Lakers in Game 2.


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Rockets’ Danuel House OK if postseason play overlooked

A season after Danuel House Jr. fell out of the Rockets’ rotation in the playoffs’ second round, his role has grown. As sixth man, he has checked into games, replacing Russell Westbrook, early in each half, playing an average of 31 minutes in the postseason.



a close up of a man wearing a hat: LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 06: Danuel House Jr. #4 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 06, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 06: Danuel House Jr. #4 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 06, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


Among undrafted players, House is eighth in scoring, fourth in rebounds per game. But a season after he spent months in the G League, he said he still feels overlooked.

“I feel I’m slept on heavily, if you ask me, with a pillow and a blanket,” House said. “My goal here is to hit the snooze button. Also, to come prepared and play both sides of the ball well. Me being a G League guy, I guess people don’t want to really talk about guys like us unless it’s a huge, huge story. I really don’t see what I’m doing as special. I feel like I’m just playing basketball.”

In seven postseason games last season, House averaged 4.9 points on 29.7 percent shooting. He has averaged 11.4 points in the playoffs this season, making 43.5 percent of his shots.

“P.J. (Tucker) tells me all the time that I’m a guy that’s slept on,” House said. “He just tells me if they continue to sleep, you continue to do what you do. So, you continue to win and bring some hardware home. He says that’s the goal. If you bring hardware home, everything else will handle itself.”

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