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Report: Rockets star James Harden expected to play vs. Mavs after wrist injury

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James Harden won’t be missing any time from the injury he incurred on Friday.

The Houston Rockets had quite a scare when their MVP shooting guard crashed to the floor holding his right wrist in the second quarter of their 107-91 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The good news is, it wasn’t as severe as it could’ve been.

From Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle:

The x-rays performed on James Harden’s sore right wrist after Friday’s game were negative, a person with knowledge of the results said on Saturday.

Harden will continue to treat the pain in the wrist with ice and is expected to play Sunday in Dallas, the individual said.

Harden’s exit from the game was brief, as he returned a few minutes later. The seven-time All-Star eradicated Philly’s Embiid-less defense for 31 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in just 32 minutes.

It was Harden’s 30th game this season with at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists, twice as many as the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo who has the next most in the NBA.

“He’s a pretty tough guy,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after the game on Harden returning to play, per Feigen. “He’s dealing with pain. He’s fallen on it before. He’s sore. There’s some pain there. Just aggravated it.”

Harden, 29, is making it difficult to negate the argument that he’s the league’s best scorer in his 10th NBA campaign – averaging 36.6 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds on 36.2 percent shooting from deep.

After a slow start this season, the Houston Rockets have the third-best record in Western Conference at 40-25.

James Harden and company will prepare for a meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

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