The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets are the first game to be postponed in this 2020-21 NBA Season. The Thunder were also part of the first game of the 2019-20 season to be postponed. In neither case was it a result of an OKC outbreak.
The Houston Rockets were hit hard with COVID-19 contact tracing protocols causing them to dip below the eight-player minimum required to see the game continue. At this point, it is unclear when the game will be made up, but Bricktown Buckets will keep you updated as the story develops.
This was expected for the NBA, we knew that eventually games would be postponed. The league is not in a bubble anymore. While it is a bummer that it happens on night one, as I have preached all along, you have to trust this league. The NBA has built up enough of a positive track record to believe they will navigate these difficult waters the best way possible. This is why you saw the league only release half of their schedule, so they can account for things like this.
The Thunder season opener is now slated for Saturday, December 26th in Charolette against the new-look Hornets.