Saturday’s game in Houston between the Rockets and Pacers is being postponed due to the ongoing weather-related state of emergency in Texas, according to reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link) and Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files.
It’s the second Rockets game – and third NBA game in total – that has been postponed this week due to the severe weather conditions in Texas, which have caused significant power outages and running-water issues across the state, as well as a governmental shutdown of Houston’s Toyota Center.
Wednesday’s Pistons/Mavs game in Dallas and Friday’s Mavs/Rockets contest in Houston also couldn’t be played as scheduled.
The Rockets’ home stand is supposed to conclude with a Monday game vs. the Bulls. The league will likely wait another day or two to see if that game can be held as planned.
The Pacers, meanwhile, also had their February 22 game vs. San Antonio postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Spurs and aren’t currently scheduled to play again until next Wednesday vs. Golden State.
In a couple instances this week when healthy teams had their games postponed, the NBA inserted a new game into the schedule to avoid squandering that down time — we’ll have to wait to see if the league plans to sneak a new opponent onto the Pacers’ schedule before next Wednesday.