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Sport Report: Rockets' Rivers leaves Orlando bubble for urgent family matter

18:19  24 july  2020
18:19  24 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Houston Rockets Traveled to Orlando Without James Harden or Russell Westbrook

  Houston Rockets Traveled to Orlando Without James Harden or Russell Westbrook James Harden and Russell Westbrook didn't travel with the Houston Rockets to the NBA's Orlando bubble. They're expected to arrive later.Houston stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel with Rockets today to Orlando and will join the team in near future, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers left the Orlando bubble because of an urgent family matter, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Austin Rivers holding a basketball © Bill Baptist / National Basketball Association / Getty

No further details have been provided regarding Rivers' exit, though he expects to return to the NBA campus sometime this weekend, Charania reports.

Upon returning, Rivers may have to undergo a 10-day quarantine in his room before he can rejoin the team for basketball activities. However, NBA protocol reportedly states that players with an excused absence only need to isolate for four days if they register negative coronavirus tests daily during their absence.

The 27-year-old averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 60 games for Houston this season.

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