Wrist injury won’t sideline Harden
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.
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