James Harden’s eye still hurts, but his vision is getting better
Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden took an inadvertent poke to the eye from Draymond Green during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
As the two players jockeyed for a loose rebound in the first quarter, Green’s hand raked right across Harden’s face, sending him to the floor in obvious pain.
As a sign of his perseverance, Harden actually returned to play after being evaluated, despite the fact that he could barely see through his bloodshot eye.
In an interview with Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden noted that his eye still hurts, but his vision is getting better:
Harden said his left eye still hurts, but his vision is better, not 100 percent. He will practice today.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 2, 2019
Harden went on to log 34 minutes in Tuesday’s Game 2 loss, scoring 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from beyond the arc), six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Additional information about his status should be released after Friday’s shootaround.
“What was it like playing through your injury?” a reporter asked Harden during his postgame media availability.
“It hurt,” Harden replied. “I could barely see, but I just tried to go out there and do what I could to help my teammates.
“They put a couple drops in my eye to help numb it a little but, but all the lights were blurry,” Harden added.
The Rockets and Warriors will meet for Game 3 on Saturday. Tip-off inside the Toyota Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, with ABC having live broadcast coverage. Currently, the Warriors are leading the series, 2-0.
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