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.