Wrist in­jury won’t side­line Harden

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Scoreboard -

James Harden will play on Sun­day night when the Rock­ets visit the Mav­er­icks after X-rays on his in­jured right wrist were neg­a­tive.

Harden first in­jured it March 3 in a win over the Celtics and ag­gra­vated it Fri­day night in a fall in the first half of a vic­tory over 76ers. The win ex­tended the Rock­ets win­ning streak to a sea­son-high seven games.

Harden leads the NBA in scor­ing with 36.6 points a game. He said when he fell Fri­day that he was wor­ried the in­jury was worse than it was.

He says: “I was. But I’m happy it’s not.”

As for what he can do to pro­tect his wrist, Harden says: “Just try to not fall on it. That’s the only thing I can do. Keep ic­ing it, keep get­ting treat­ment on it. But when you keep fall­ing on it, it keeps ag­gra­vat­ing it and it keeps get­ting worse.”

The Rock­ets’ re­cent surge has the team in third place in the West­ern Con­fer­ence be­hind the War­riors and Nuggets.

■ Lak­ers for­ward Bran­don In­gram will miss the rest of the sea­son after be­ing di­ag­nosed with a deep ve­nous throm­bo­sis in his right arm. In­gram has missed the Lak­ers’ last two games after he re­ported shoul­der pain after Mon­day’s shootaround. A deep ve­nous throm­bo­sis is a con­di­tion caused by a blood clot, fre­quently ac­com­pa­nied by swelling and pain in a limb. In­gram is aver­ag­ing a ca­reer-best 18.3 points and 5.1 re­bounds per game along with 3.0 as­sists . ... The league fined All-Star for­ward Paul Ge­orge $25,000 for crit­i­ciz­ing the of­fi­ci­at­ing after the Thun­der’s loss to the Clip­pers on Fri­day.

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