Rockets’ James Harden said he could ‘barely see’ after getting hit in the eyes during Game 2
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden got raked in the eyes early in the first quarter of their 115-109 Game 2 loss against the Golden State Warriors.
During the postgame press conference, the reigning MVP admitted that he “can barely see” and played with blurry vision throughout the contest, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Harden was accidentally poked in the face by Warriors forward Draymond Green as they were scrambling for possession near Houston’s basket. He stayed on the ground for a considerable amount of time, clutching his face, before he headed to the locker room to be evaluated. Harden suffered a lacerated left eyelid and bleeding in his eyes.
Green later personally apologized to Harden and acknowledged his mistake.
Fortunately, Harden’s injury wasn’t too serious and eventually, he gutted it out and returned to the contest. However, as he admitted, he played with blurry vision from that point on.
Harden finished the night with 29 points on 9-of-19 field goal shooting and 8-of-9 freethrow shooting. It was clear that Harden was bothered with the injury all game long as he was blinking repeatedly and covering his eyes from the light. He also received eye drops throughout the night to mitigate the pain and irritation.
It’s still not clear how this will eventually affect Harden moving forward. Surely, the Rockets will need their MVP to be at full strength if they even want a shot at taking down the defending champions. This eye issue may hinder him from scoring effectively and making plays for his teammates.
The Rockets are still looking to mark their stamp in this series. The series now shifts to Houston for Games 3 and 4.
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