But Nash reiterated that James Harden, still rehabbing his right hamstring strain, is nowhere near a return. “James probably is still a ways away,” Nash said. “But he’s working and getting better and improving and moving the right direction, and we’re all positive and optimistic about his long-term outlook. But I think we’ve still got plenty of time before we see him back on the floor.”
Harden, who missed a 13th straight game Friday, hasn’t played since limping off the court April 5 versus the Knicks. There are eight games left in the regular season, and Nash wouldn’t confirm that Harden will be back before the postseason. “I don’t know if I want to forecast an opinion here. I’m not sure that serves any of us. Let me avoid the question and say we’ll see,” Nash said. “I’m not 100 percent certain he will or he won’t. That’s true.
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash says James Harden is traveling with the team, was shooting this morning and "just started to build up what his capacity is." Nash says there is no high-intensity training yet for Harden.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Harden underwent an MRI, and will be out indefinitely, team says.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden suffered a setback with hamstring, Nets says.
Malika Andrews: James Harden will travel with the team to Miami, Steve Nash said. Harden is traveling because it will aid him in his rehab to workout with the training staff and other players -- he isn't expected to play against the Heat.
Brian Lewis: Steve Nash expects James Harden to be back before Tyler Johnson. And he doesn't think Johnson will takes 2 or 3 weeks, but should return before that. #Nets
Coach Steve Nash said scans on Harden’s hamstring turned up clean and revealed no tear. “He’s doing pretty good. He had a scan and it was clear, so he’s day-to-day. So, we’re excited that it wasn’t worse,” Nash said. “So, big sigh of relief and you know, day-to-day means we will see him probably in the next few games for sure.”
The Nets lost James Harden to a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 120-108 win over the Rockets, but don’t think it will be a long-term absence. Considering their last star to get hamstrung — Kevin Durant — has missed seven weeks, they’d better hope for a quicker comeback. “We’re gonna monitor it. We’ll see how he feels in the morning,” coach Steve Nash said of Harden. “I don’t have a lot to tell you, but we feel optimistic it’s not a long-term thing and we’ll just monitor it.”
With 4:48 left in the third, Harden was pulled and didn’t return. When Nash addressed the media postgame, he still hadn’t talked to Harden. “No, I haven’t spoke to him yet,” Nash said. “I came in, addressed the team and came to speak to you guys. So I think he told the trainer when he was on the sideline, and they went back to look at it, and they just decided that it wasn’t worth risking it. And we’ll just see how it feels in the morning and go from there.”
Malika Andrews: Steve Nash said Blake Griffin will play on Friday against Detroit. Nash said James Harden's availability will depend on how he feels Thursday and Friday morning noting, he's pretty "banged up." Nash said they'll throw out the tape on this loss to the Jazz and move on.
Tim MacMahon: Stephen Silas on James Harden: “Hopefully he’ll be able to play tomorrow.” Harden, who sat out last night due to a sprained ankle, got up shots today and will continue getting treatment.
Cayleigh Griffin: James Harden is a late scratch today. It’s a right ankle sprain - happened last game; was bothering him some today so team decided to be cautious. Eric Gordon will start in his place.
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on James Harden's shoulder: "Well I asked him, and he kind of shrugged it off.... He'll fight through it. It doesn't really matter. He's going to be his normal greatness."
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets optimistic James Harden will be ready to play in Portland on Wednesday, source said.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard James Harden is listed as questionable to play against the Nuggets with a bruised left thigh.
Marc J. Spears: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says guard James Harden is “good to go” tonight after his eye injury.
He still finished the game with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and four assists, which is the main reason why some Warriors players are downplaying the severity of his injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “There are some players in that (Warriors) locker room that are not buying the whole James Harden eye being extremely hurt thing. They were talking about some of the shots he was shooting during the game then when he goes to the free throw line and squinting like he can’t see.”
Matt Young: By zooming in on @Brett Coomer's photo, you get an updated look at James Harden's eye at Friday's practice - three days after getting hit in the face by Draymond Green. Still extremely red. (Photo by @Brett Coomer)
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni says James Harden should be good to go on Saturday with clear vision. pic.twitter.com/SPF8ND21QD
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said he was unsure if James Harden will practice today, but should be fine on Saturday. Harden was among first on the court and already shooting. Eyes look better, other than the cut.
The Houston Rockets are optimistic that star guard James Harden will not have any more problems with his vision in the Western Conference semifinals, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. After the Rockets' flight landed in Houston on Wednesday afternoon, Harden went straight to an eye doctor. Tests revealed no damage to either of Harden's corneas, a source said, and the Rockets expect his vision to be completely clear by Saturday's Game 3.
Tim MacMahon: James Harden went straight to an eye doctor after Rockets’ plane landed in Houston this afternoon. Team is optimistic he won’t have issues with vision in Game 3 and beyond. His left eye, where he has a contusion and cut inside eyelid, especially bothered him in Game 2.
Walking behind Chris Paul into a post-game news conference, Harden held his hand over his left eye. Harden dealt with bleeding in both eyes, including a lacerated left eyelid, following an accidental poke from the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green on Tuesday night. As Harden sat down to address the press, he squinted uncomfortably, shielding his eyes from the bright lights of the podium, and explained how the first-quarter injury had affected him. “I could barely see,” Harden said. “I just tried to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates. It is pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day.”
“What do you want me to say?” Harden said. “He asked me if I was alright. I said, 'Yeah.'" “I made a mistake and hit him in his eye,” Green had said, minutes earlier. “It’s not about hurting anybody out here. So many times, people forget that when a guy has an injury, you live with that every day, every second of every day. It is not just about the game.”
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on James Harden's neck stiffness: "I know it's bothering him. After the game, it bothers him for sure. He's had it and what he had 57? 61?"
Salman Ali: James Harden is healthy and available for Houston's game tomorrow against the Atlanta Hawks.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard James Harden is questionable to play Sunday against the Timberwolves with a cervical strain.
Mark Berman: James Harden not sure if he'll play tonight: "It's my first time touching a basketball in two days. So we'll see. I feel better. Every day I've gotten better." pic.twitter.com/cDGBcgUy7p
Anthony Slater: Sense from some around Warriors is a bit of disappointment that James Harden isn’t going tonight. They were craving a test, but mostly wanted Cousins to get as much pre-playoff experience as possible facing Harden’s target attacks. They meet again in Houston in mid-March.
Tim MacMahon: Source: James Harden's status will be a game-time decision after he did not participate in the Rockets' morning walkthrough. He's officially listed as questionable against the Warriors due to a cervical strain.
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden is questionable for the Rockets to play against the Warriors on Saturday with a cervical strain.
Gerald Bourguet: Jamal Crawford is available for tonight's game, per Suns. He's missed the last 5 games with knee soreness
Tim MacMahon: Source: Rockets guard James Harden is expected to play vs. Celtics. He's listed as questionable due to a left calf contusion.
Malika Andrews: It’s official: James Harden will start tonight against the Bulls after 10 days out due to a hamstring injury, Mike D’Antoni said. It is the first time since fight night in LA that Harden and Chris Paul will play in the same game.
Jonathan Feigen: New injury issues for the Rockets. Eric Gordon is out with a sore leg. James Ennis is questionable with a sore right hamstring. That was the hamstring that had been strained before he came back last night in Brooklyn. James Harden is available to play tonight against in Chicago.
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said James Harden probable to play in Chicago tomorrow. Out tonight only because it's a back-to-back and Rockets did not want him to play in both games coming off the hamstring strain.
June 24, 2021 | 9:18 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs have offered Nike executive Nico Harrison a front office leadership position. Dallas wants him to work in tandem with Michael Finley. Harrison and Finley are both close with Jason Kidd, who is expected to be the Mavs’ next head coach.
According to league sources, the Cavaliers have begun to explore trade options involving leading scorer Collin Sexton. Sexton, 22, is extension-eligible this summer, averaged 24.3 points per game last season, and appears likely to seek a maximum contract. Also eligible for an extension is 23-year-old center Jarrett Allen, who is also expected to command a lucrative deal.
Based on some of the chatter I heard over the course of this season, there was enough love for Cade Cunningham atop the draft that he felt easy to pencil in, regardless of who won the lottery. That no longer appears to be the case. In addition to Cunningham, league sources expect USC’s Evan Mobley and G League Ignite’s Jalen Green to receive serious consideration from the Pistons’ front office, led by general manager Troy Weaver. The strong sense I’ve gotten is that Detroit will explore all its options before committing one way or another, and that the decision on who to take is far from a done deal.
Wrapping up with some minutiae: as it turns out, the Pistons and Cavaliers got lucky twice on lottery night. The way the lottery works is that the league draws combinations for the first four slots in order, with any team repeats being thrown out and re-drawn. According to a source with knowledge of the proceedings, the NBA had to draw six times for four slots, with the order being Detroit, then Houston, then Detroit again, then Cleveland, Cleveland again, and finally, Toronto. Conspiracy theorists, do your worst.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs will do their due diligence during this process. They’ve interviewed Corey Kispert, Keon Johnson, Ziaire Williams, Sharife Cooper (he’s not 6-3 like listed, a source said), Miles McBride & BJ Boston along w/ Scottie Barnes. Kai Jones & Jalen Johnson the notables Friday
Chris Grenham: Providence’s David Duke Jr. tells me he will begin his pre-draft workouts w/ teams after the combine. He has yet to interview with the Celtics, but he has thought about playing in Boston: “Being a hometown kid, I definitely had dreams of playing for the Celtics one day.”