James Harden acknowledged the impact of Danuel House's absence due to a bubble violation on the Rockets' chances of success. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden says Danuel House incident was a distraction for Rockets

The NBA's investigation into Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. violating bubble protocol played a role in the team's 4-1 series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. 

James Harden revealed that the House situation was a distraction for the team and was disappointing as a whole. 

Los Angeles finished off the series with a dominant 119-96 victory in Game 5 and House missed the final three games of the series after the league determined he had broken bubble protocol. 

House missed Game 3 due to "personal reasons" and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports later reported the league was investigating him for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his hotel room. 

The league's investigation found that he spent several hours with the "unauthorized guest" in his room on Sept. 8. After breaking protocol, House left the bubble. 

House's violation was the first major violation of the NBA bubble protocol since it was created in July. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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