Rockets’ Danuel House Jr. faces NBA investigation for potential bubble protocol violation

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – The status of Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. for the remainder of the Western Conference Semifinals is in jeopardy as the NBA investigates a potential violation of campus protocol, have sources told ESPN.

House, the Rockets’ sixth man, has denied any violation on an issue in which the league is probing its activity at the team’s hotel, sources said.

He did not leave the campus perimeter, sources said.

House was a late scratch for Houston’s Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers because of what the Rockets called “personal reasons,” and sources said there was no indication. that the league would allow him to play in Game 4 on Thursday. The Lakers lead the Rockets 2-1 in the best of seven playoffs.

The National Basketball Players Association has spoken to league officials on behalf of House and has attempted to find a solution to the issue, sources said.

The NBA is believed to be considering whether House could be subject to a 10-day quarantine period for an alleged violation, sources said.

His Rockets teammate Bruno Caboclo and Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes had to spend 10 days in quarantine for violating campus protocol soon after the teams reported to Walt Disney World Resort for the restart of the NBA.

Team and league officials declined to elaborate on the nature of House’s violation.

House is averaging 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during the playoffs. Houston coach Mike D’Antoni called House, 27, one of the league’s most underrated two-way players on Tuesday, a day before the forward had to take time off from the league. ‘a pivotal game in the series against the Lakers.

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