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?”
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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.
Alykhan Bijani: “James (Harden) is good, he’s ready to go.” – Coach D’Antoni #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden probable to play for Rockets vs. Hawks. Shumpert good to go.
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.
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden is out with a strained neck and flu like symptoms.
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.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says the MRI will provide the information needed on James Harden’s hamstring injury: “It’s probably closer to a strain that it is tightness. He wouldn’t have gone out if it’s just tight. So he felt a little bit more, I’m sure.” #Rockets pic.twitter.com/iRuYrmKbqU
According to Harden, it’s nothing to be alarmed about. “Just felt tightness in that hamstring,” he said. “I’ll see how it feels tomorrow.” When asked if the pain was similar to his hamstring injury last season, which caused him to miss nearly two weeks, he added, “Nah, it’s nothing serious. It’s nothing close to last year, just being cautious.” According to one source who spoke to The Athletic, the injury shouldn’t cause Harden to miss more than one game, which would be Friday, when the Clippers come to town.
Tim MacMahon: James Harden still sit out tonight vs. Mavs and play Monday against the Spurs, coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden is questionable to play Sunday at Dallas with a sore left knee.
Jenny Dial Creech: James Harden will start tonight- minutes restricted to around 25. #Rockets
The Houston Rockets plan for star guard James Harden to return from a hamstring strain Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, barring any setbacks during Wednesday’s practice, league sources told ESPN. Harden, who has missed the past seven games, is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s home game.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard James Harden upgraded to questionable to play against the Timberwolves on Thursday. Nene, Zhou Qi, Troy Williams, too. Rockets 4-3 in games without Harden.
Rockets guard James Harden could return from his strained left hamstring as soon as Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, before Harden went through some of Sunday’s practice in UCLA, his first practice time with the team since the injury Dec. 31. Harden’s return “could be Thursday or Saturday, I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll see how it is. Each day he’s got to get better. We’ll see. Whenever he’s ready.
Kelly Iko: James Harden is nearing a return to the court and “should be back soon, anytime next week”, according to a member of his camp who told me this morning. #Rockets
Mark Berman: James Harden isn’t back yet but he’s still putting up some shots after practice. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/E904CUysIc
Alykhan Bijani: MDA on Harden’s injury: It’s the exact same thing as having Chris out. It’s just too bad we’re not maturing as a team with both of them together, but that’s okay. We’ve got plenty of time. We just have to get through this next stretch of games without him & play at a high level.
Harden said he felt his hamstring pull as he went up for a driving layup. “Hopefully it is not that serious, just a pull on the hammy,” an optimistic Harden said afterward. “Just got some treatment right now and hopefully, day to day, it gets better. “But I’ll be good,” Harden added. “[It was concerning] especially [when] you don’t know what it is or you have never experienced it before. Like I really can’t run. If I am going to play. But I really couldn’t run so let me go back here and see what is going on. We’ll see. I think we don’t play again until [Wednesday against Orlando]. … So I got a couple of days.”
David Hardisty: Harden is in good spirits in the locker room, but it’s clear the hamstring is a problem. He’s walking gingerly, keeping his left leg straight.
Mark Berman: James Harden left hamstring strain: “Hopefully it’s not that serious. Just a pull on the hammy…Hopefully, day to day, it gets better.”
Alykhan Bijani: “I don’t think we’ll know until tomorrow” – Coach D’Antoni on Harden’s hamstring injury. #Rockets
Mark Berman: James Harden has left hamstring strain and is out
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said Harden’s knee feels better. Never much doubt he would go tonight, as he said on Saturday.
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden (bruised calf) good to go for Rockets vs. Pelicans tonight.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden revealed that it’s been difficult for him to get a burst on drives to the basket since he rolled his ankle in Game 3 of the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he’ll be ready to go for Tuesday’s Game 5. “Got some treatment and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” Harden said before Monday’s practice.
Mark Berman: James Harden told ABC after the game he rolled his ankle in game 3 and didn’t have the explosion and burst he normally has. #Rockets
After sitting out a game while battling the flu, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will return to the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Harden missed Sunday’s game at Phoenix with the flu. The Rockets were off the past two days. “I really couldn’t move, couldn’t talk, couldn’t speak because of my throat,” Harden said Wednesday. “My body was shaking — just the chills. It wasn’t good. I’m happy to be OK and be able to move and get back out here.”
Houston Rockets star James Harden is sitting out against Phoenix because of illness, his first missed game of the season. The Rockets said Sunday their MVP candidate had acute viral syndrome.
Jonathan Feigen: Not that there was really any doubt when James Harden was doubtful, but he’s out for Rockets against the Suns tonight. Ariza, Anderson, too.
Marc J. Spears: Adding to Calvin Watkins’ report, Rockets guard James Harden is doubtful to play at Phoenix tonight due to flu-like symptoms.
Rockets guard James Harden said he’ll play in Thursday’s game against the Blazers with a jammed left wrist. Harden hurt the wrist March 18 when he took a nasty spill at Denver. “It will get better but if I keep banging on it and keep falling on it then it’s going to keep going back too square one,” Harden said Thursday morning.
Mark Berman: James Harden took a hard hit again on his sore left wrist and he’s got a wrap on it again. Harden continues to play through the injury.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets guard James Harden was wearing a black wrap on his left wrist during Monday’s shootaround. Harden took a hard fall in Saturday’s victory over the Nuggets but recorded a triple-double. When asked if he hurt the wrist Harden replied, “No, I just want it to look good.”
Adam Wexler: D’Antoni said Harden is fine, expected to play Sun. vs Cavs. Obviously Harden returned to last night’s game after ankle injury. #Rockets
Though Rockets guard James Harden said he would need to test his sprained left ankle one more time, Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that after watching Harden at shootaround he was optimistic Harden would be able to play tonight against the Oklahoma CIty Thunder. “He looked good,” Bickerstaff said. “Unless something crazy happens between now and game time, he should be ready to go.”
Harden left his status as “We’ll see.” “Feel better than I did yesterday,” Harden said. “Every day has been improving and getting better. I’ve been rehabbing and getting treatment every single day, icing it, just doing the things that hopefully will put me in position to play tonight. “I feel good I’ll play. If I feel all right, I’ll play.”
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But the LA Clippers, who beat the Warriors 129-121 in Game 5 on Wednesday to extend their first-round series, took exception to being overlooked. “For us, our focus was to come in, extend the series and get another win on the home floor,” Clippers star reserve Lou Williams said after the win at Oracle Arena, which pushed the series to Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles. “It’s their mistake for looking ahead. So that’s on them.”