Rockets’ James Harden questionable vs. Nuggets after missing game vs. Pelicans
Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden missed his first game of the season in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, the former No. 3 overall pick is being listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Nuggets due to a sprained toe:
James Harden (sprained toe) and Clint Capela (heel contusion) are listed as questionable for the Rockets’ Tuesday home game against the Nuggets. Harden missed his first game of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Pelicans. Capela sat out the last two games.
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It will be unfortunate for the Rockets if Harden is unable to play in Tuesday’s game, as he’s the primary scoring option on the team. In fact, Harden is currently leading the entire NBA in scoring.
In his 32 appearances this season, Harden has racked up average of 38.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the field (37.8 percent from beyond the arc), 7.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals and just under one block (0.8) in 37.7 minutes per outing.
If James Harden is indeed unable to play in Tuesday’s game, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers would likely see upticks in their usage rates. Gordon, who missed roughly six weeks due to a knee injury, posted 20 points and three assists in 22 minutes on Sunday.
In other Rockets injury-related news, Clint Capela is listed as questionable due to a heel contusion. He has missed two games due to the ailment.
Tuesday night’s Rockets-Nuggets game is scheduled to tip inside the Toyota Center at 7:00 p.m. ET, with NBA TV having live broadcast coverage.
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