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Rockets missing four key players for season opener vs. Trail Blazers

Houston will be without John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore for Saturday’s game in Portland.

Houston Rockets guard John Wall comes up with a loose ball in front of San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets will be without a handful of players for their season opener vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. PG John Wall, PF/C DeMarcus Cousins, SG Eric Gordon and G Ben McLemore will all be out due to health protocols. The Rockets have had to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak and contract tracing has forced a handful of players into isolation. As a result, the Rockets won’t have a few big names but are expected to have enough players to field a roster.

The Rockets were supposed to open the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. The game was canceled due to multiple positive Covid-19 tests and the Rockets having too many players in isolation. The Rockets were also in danger of losing James Harden to a possible suspension, though the All-Star was just fined for his violation of the healthy and safety protocols.

The Rockets also won’t have Chris Clemons, Kenyon Martin Jr. and Mason Jones for this game. So that will leave Houston’s roster with the following players:

PG: James Harden
SG: Sterling Brown, Brodric Thomas
SF: Danuel House Jr., David Nwaba, Jae’Sean Tate
PF: P.J. Tucker, Bruno Caboclo
C: Christian Wood

So we should get a ton of value from the Rockets lineup for DFS. Harden will likely be a popular player to pay up for as well. He’s a bit risky with all the controversy surrounding the team. He could show off in the opener to shut the critics up though, that seems like something he’d do. Wood, Tucker and House would be the other players to target behind Harden.