Rockets depleted for NBA Blazers clash

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Three days after their season opener was postponed because Houston didn't have enough players due to the virus, the Rockets expect to have nine players - one more than the league minimum - for Saturday's match against Portland.

The Rockets reported on Friday six players will be unavailable for the clash.

Three players are "not with team, self-isolating," and three more are out for "health and safety protocols" related to the virus.

Notably, Rockets star James Harden was not listed on the daily injury report after reportedly testing negative a fourth time in as many days on Friday.

He is expected to start Saturday night against the Trail Blazers but the Rockets will be without DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and Jason Jones, who were listed as "health and safety protocols."

And John Wall, Kenyon Martin Jr. and Ben McLemore were listed as "not with team - self isolating."

According to league rules, players who miss games due to COVID-19 violations will lose one game's salary.

With their remaining roster, the Rockets come up against a Portland team anxious to rebound from an embarrassing 20-point season-opening loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.