Houston Rockets: Team currently deliberating coronavirus procedures

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets are still deliberating procedures on how to protect themselves from the coronavirus. What’s the latest? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Rockets finally clinched their 40th win of the season after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-112 last night.  It felt like an eternity for this team to get there as they were currently on a four-game skid, largely because of flaws in their small-ball lineup that they’ve committed to since early last month.

Despite all of that, Mike D’Antoni is confidently sticking to his guns and not making many changes to his formula as this is his and Daryl Morey’s baby and they want to ensure that they get it right.

For the most part, it has worked — the team won six games in a row shortly after trading Clint Capela — but things fell down to the Earth and opponents are breaking down the tape as to how to bust up this lineup.

They’re contesting James Harden‘s floaters, they’re forcing bad shots and they figure out how to shut down the lanes to the basket, one of Russell Westbrook‘s key ingredients to his success.

But that’s what we’re going to live with as fans, not knowing how effective this team will be against their opponent night in and out and hoping for the best.

Too many things have to go right for this concept to work and that simply hasn’t been the case as of late.  But as with any tribulation, they’ll rise above it and continue to win a lot of games.

They’re holding onto the 5th spot in the Western Conference for dear life as they’re in virtual dead-heat with the Oklahoma City Thunder — imagine that? — and four games behind the No. 2 seed Los Angeles Clippers.

As this team battles for positioning in the West for a playoff run, there’s another strife that this team is mired in and that’s against the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization has categorized this virus as a pandemic and professional sports

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leagues — including the Houston Rockets — are working hard to implement procedures to protect not only themselves but fans from this unfortunate happening.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the team is deliberating on how to proceed with their next home game — Tuesday, March 17 against the Cleveland Cavaliers — and it’s understood that they’ll fall in line with the recommendations set by the NBA, WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As I’m sure you know by now, the Golden State Warriors will play their home game Thursday without fans in their arena and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a staple for us natives for eons, has been canceled for the first time in 83 years.

Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown met with staff and players earlier today in regard to this and Harden did share his thoughts about this deadly malady with the media.

Here’s what he said:

"“It’s affecting the world,” Harden said. “We can all see. Hopefully, we get this thing under control as soon as possible so people can go out there and live their lives and get back to regularly scheduled programming.”"

Harden also mentioned that there was a conference call with NBA officials today and said: “we’ll see what happens after that.”

He also mentioned the possibility of the NBA deciding to postpone games for a few weeks or not play without any fans as well but it’s too early to tell what will be decided upon.

It’s tough to fathom that this is actually happening but it is.  My hope is that everybody that has been affected in some way to get healthy once again and we can all enjoy this beautiful planet that we call home.

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But, for now, we must continue to follow procedures set forth by officials so that we can remain as safe as possible.

Let’s hope for the best — go Rockets.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.