Harden played with blurred vi­sion, sting­ing eyes

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports -

James Harden’s eyes were still red and sting­ing well af­ter the fi­nal buzzer. He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score af­ter the game.

The reign­ing MVP hopes he will feel bet­ter with a few days off be­fore the Rock­ets’ Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries against Golden State re­sumes Satur­day in Hous­ton with his team trail­ing 2-0 fol­low­ing a 115-109 road loss Tues­day in Game 2.

Harden scored 29 points on 9-for-19 shoot­ing to go with seven re­bounds, four as­sists and six turnovers. Eye drops he re­ceived only helped so much to re­lieve the dis­com­fort. He in­jured his eyes when an­other player’s hand got Harden in the face.

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War­riors: In what has marked a small sign of his progress heal­ing a torn left quadri­cep mus­cle, De­mar­cus Cousins re­ceived med­i­cal clear­ance this week to com­plete in­di­vid­ual spot shoot­ing drills. Cousins com­pleted those ex­er­cises to­ward the end of morn­ing shootaround Tues­day.

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