Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni addresses Danuel House rumors for the first time
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was brief in addressing Danuel House’s situation ahead of Game 4 of Houston’s series against the Lakers on Thursday evening.
House is under investigation for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his room. D’Antoni is unsure of House’s status for the rest of the series:
“I don’t know,” D’Antoni said, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “The investigation is going on. When they come out with their ruling, then we’ll just go from there.”
House missed Houston’s loss to the Lakers in Game 3 due to “personal reasons,” but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported his status was in doubt due to the investigation.
It would be a huge loss for the Rockets if House were ruled out for the remainder of the series.
The 27-year-old is hardly the team’s most prolific offensive player, but he had been coming off a strong performance in Game 2, scoring 13 points for the Rockets while shooting 3-for-7 from the field and also grabbing five rebounds.
House also had a productive run of games during the Rockets’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He scored at least 15 points in each contest between Game 2 and Game 4, going 10-for-24 from beyond the arc during that stretch.
The Rockets are struggling to find answers offensively against the Lakers.
Los Angeles has begun doubling James Harden and daring Russell Westbrook to beat them from the perimeter. Without House on the floor, the Rockets lack another floor-spacing wing also capable of rebounding and competing on the defensive end of the floor.
It remains to be seen whether House will be available for the Rockets, though D’Antoni seems understandably peeved by the situation.