Rockets All-Star James Harden won’t play vs. Warriors
Houston Rockets will need to find a way for other guys on the team to step up, as All-Star guard James Harden will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors.
Mike D’Antoni says James Harden will not play tonight. He was questionable with a cervical strain.
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) February 23, 2019
Harden is believed to have suffered the cervical strain in the Rockets’ 111-106 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
The reigning MVP is listed as day-to-day, and since the injury isn’t serious, he could be back within the next week.
The Rockets are starting to play at full strength this season. Both Chris Paul and Clint Capela are already playing for Houston after being sidelined with injuries over the past few months.
When healthy, the Rockets are one of the best teams in the league. In fact, they are only one of the few squads that can go toe-to-toe against the defending champion, the Golden State Warriors.
Harden is expected to lead Houston in the final stretch of the season. They are currently the fifth team in the Western Conference, and at full strength, they can go higher into the standings.
Of course, the main goal for Houston is to win a championship this season. With that said, they need Harden to be 100 percent come playoffs.
Any significant injury to the Rockets’ superstar guard could jeopardize their campaign and title aspirations, so the team is taking all the precautionary measures to make sure that Harden is ready to go once he steps back on the court.
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