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John Wall On Being Required To Quarantine And Missing The Start Of The Regular Season: “I Was Mad… I Ain’t Gonna Cap. I Was Hot.”

Credit: Getty Images

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John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, and Houston Rockets rookie Mason Jones were forced to quarantine for 7 days following their violation of NBA COVID-19 protocols. Monday, December 21st, the four Rockets players got their haircut indoors with a barber, breaking league safety rules.

Before they were forced to quarantine, John Wall was finally settling into his new role with the Houston after being traded for Russell Westbrook over the summer. Wall and company’s exposure, combined with James Harden also violating league COVID-19 safety measures, forced the Rockets to postpone their league opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 23rd.

Now Wall is expected to return in Houston’s next matchup against the Sacramento Kings tomorrow, December 31st. In an interview earlier today, Wall let it be known that he is excited to return to play.

Hopefully, Wall can get back to playing soon, he has yet to play in a regular-season game, David Nwaba instead has replaced him as James Harden’s fellow guard. Wall played well in the Rockets’ pregame matches, but the preseason is always to be taken with a grain of salt. It is also important to note that Wall has not had many opportunities to play alongside fellow star James Harden.

In Wall’s absence, Harden has played well, scoring 44 points in the team’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. After such a close contest, it will be interesting if Wall can be the difference-maker the Rockets need to get in the win column.