Friday’s game in Houston between the Rockets and Mavericks has been postponed, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). The NBA has issued a press release confirming the news.
This is the second postponement this week that is unrelated to COVID-19 and is instead due to the state of emergency in Texas, caused by severe weather conditions and a lack of power across many areas of the state. The local government has shut down the Rockets’ arena, the Toyota Center, as a result of those conditions.
The Mavericks, who also had their Wednesday game vs. Detroit postponed, aren’t scheduled to resume play until Monday, when they’ll tentatively host the Grizzlies. It’s unclear at this point whether the NBA might attempt to sneak another Mavs road game onto the schedule before then in order to reduce the number of games the team will have to play in the second half.
The Rockets, meanwhile, also have a Saturday home game vs. Indiana on their schedule, but it seems reasonable to assume that contest may be in jeopardy as well. Houston’s home stand would conclude with a game against Chicago on Monday.
This is the NBA’s 32nd postponement of the season. Of those postponements, 29 have been related to the coronavirus, two are due to weather, and one was a deliberate scheduling choice made weeks in advance to accommodate a makeup game.