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Rockets star James Harden probable vs. Hawks

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Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden is listed as probably for tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Teammate Iman Shumpert, who has been out for the last two games after the All-Star break, is also a go, after experiencing some knee soreness the past week.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni expects his star to play after missing Saturday’s win over the Golden State Warriors, but wouldn’t etch it in stone just yet.

“Knowing James Harden, yes,” said D’Antoni when asked of his expectations. “Not written in stone, but yes.”

Harden has a streak of 32 straight games scoring 30 or more points, one he could easily continue against the bottom-dwelling Hawks, as the Rockets hope to climb up the Western Conference ladder, now two games behind the streaking Portland Trail Blazers for the fourth spot.

The Beard got up some shots at today’s morning shootaround, looking much better after missing Saturday’s game with a cervical strain and flu-like symptoms.

“He might’ve played even with a sore neck, he had a little touch of the flu. It was a combination of everything,” D’Antoni said.

Harden sustained his neck injury during a Thursday practice and later experience flu-like symptoms as the weekend approached, but now looks more than ready to continue his torrid scoring streak if the opportunity arises.

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