#Houston Rockets

.Houston, TX, USA
DeMarcus Cousins is set to be a free agent.(Photo: Twitter/@boogiecousins)

  • Cousins was averaging 9.6 points per game this season with the Rockets
  • He was not happy with his role as a backup to Christian Wood
  • Cousins did not dress for Houston's most recent game, a 120-100 blowout at the hands of the Chicago Bulls

The Los Angeles Lakers are third in the NBA Western Conference table. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Lakers)

  • Anthony Davis and LeBron James  scored 25 and 21 points respectively in the Lakers' 107-99 victory 
  • Two female spectators were ejected after they heckled James  from courtside
  • The Milwaukee Bucks romped to a 134-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
The Brooklyn Nets Guard said he was excited for a 'new start'. (Photo: Instagram/@jharden13)

  • Harden had said after a loss to Los Angeles Lakers that the Houston Rockets were 'just not good enough'
  • Teammate DeMarcus Cousins marked Harden's comments as 'disrespectful'
  • A day after the comment, Harden was traded off to the Brooklyn Nets

.Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lakers were the 2020 NBA champions (Picture Credits: Twitter @Keefmorris)

  • DeMarcus Cousins was fined $10,000 for the fallout 
  • Markief Morris was given a technical foul and fined $35,000
  • LA Lakers triumphed over Houston Rockets with a score of 120-102

Giannis Antetokounmpo ran rampant in the first half in Milwaukee, scoring 30 of the Bucks' 67 points in the half. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Bucks)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo connected on 17 out of 24 shots from the field, scoring a brace of three-pointers
  • Dallas Mavericks' Luka Donic recorded his first triple-double of the season
  • The Philadelphia 76ers improved their league-leading record to 6-1 with a 118-101 victory over Charlotte Hornets

.Portland, OR, USA
Portland's CJ McCollum scored a career-high nine three-pointers in the win against Houston Rockets. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CJMcCollum)

  • CJ McCollum scored 44 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Houston Rockets 128-126
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers recorded a 128-119 win over Detroit Pistons
  • Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 109-89

.Houston, TX, USA
The 31-year-old was fined $50,000 for attending an indoor party on Monday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@JHarden13)

  • James Harden will play for Houston Rockets when they open the season Saturday at Portland
  • Harden could not play on Wednesday after he violated NBA health and safety protocols
  • The Rockets were forced to cancel their season opener after being unable to field the minimum eight players

.Houston, TX, USA
James Harden reportedly attended a private party, breaking the NBA rule. (Photo: Instagram/@jharden13)

  • James Harden got a $50,000 fine as penalty for the violation
  • The eight available players rule currently prevent the Rockets from playing their match against Thunder
  • The Thunders have had one of their matches cancelled this year due to COVID-19 concerns

COVID-19 has hit NBA.(Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • Three Rockets players had returned coronavirus tests that were either positive or inconclusive
  • Four other players had also been quarantined due to contact tracing
  • James Harden was ruled out after a protocol violation