Game 1 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets is not airing in China, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Rockets’ games continue to be banned following a tweet by Houston GM Daryl Morey back in October regarding the relationship between China and Hong Kong.
Tencent, China’s official national broadcaster and NBA partner, has elected not to show Game 1.
“The latest word as Game 1 nears is that Lakers vs. Rockets — normally as big as it gets in China for the NBA — will not be broadcast tonight via the country’s official national broadcaster (CCTV) or Tencent. Rockets games, of course, have been banned from Chinese TV all season,” Stein reports.