Mike D’Antoni provides James Harden injury update
Houston Rockets star James Harden will miss at least two weeks due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain before he gets re-evaluated. That means he could be out for much longer. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t have a definitive timeline for Harden’s return, but he estimates it could be up to four weeks before Harden comes back.
Per Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle:
At Rockets today, Mike D’Antoni did not indicate a definitive timeline for when James Harden (hamstring) or Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) will return. He said two or maybe four weeks for Harden and “a couple weeks, I don’t know” for Mbah a Moute.
Given how invaluable Harden is to Houston, it shouldn’t be a shock if the Rockets err on the side of caution and lean toward the latter of D’Antoni’s two-to-four week estimation. There’s simply no need to risk Harden suffering further setbacks, especially given the delicate nature of hamstring injuries.
But if Harden does miss a month or more, D’Antoni will have to find a way to make up for all the production and the sheer minutes Harden is able to fill up while making sure he doesn’t over-extend the likes of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon in the process.
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