James Harden Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Ankle

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

The Houston Rockets' offense has been exciting to watch thanks to the addition of James Harden, but an ankle injury has his status up in the air right now. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 11:57 a.m. ET

Great news for Rockets fans and fantasy owners as James Harden (ankle) is expected to play tonight, according to Rockets.com's Jason Friedman.

Took part in practice yesterday, taking part in shootaround today. Looks good to go. RT @therealg_newt What's @jharden13 status?

— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Rockets' fans—Harden should be good to go for tomorrow night's game against the Washington Wizards

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Rockets guard James Harden practicing today; should be able to return from sprained ankle tomorrow vs. Wizards.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 6:48 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

James Harden will not play on Monday against the San Antonio Spurs, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Feigen tweeted:

James Harden is out tonight with sprained right ankle.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 10, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 12:39 p.m. ET

Rough news for Rockets fans and fantasy owners as James Harden (ankle) did not participate in shootaround and is a game-time decision for tonight's game, according to Rockets.com's Jason Friedman.

James Harden (ankle) did not participate in shootaround. Game time decision tonight.

— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) December 10, 2012

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According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle via Twitter, Harden was unable to practice on Sunday due to the injury:

James Harden sitting out practice with sprained ankle. No word yet about whether he'll play tomorrow. Likely won't know until then.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 9, 2012

Harden has been hot and cold since scoring 82 points in the first two games of the season. In the last five games, he has actually had two games where he shot under 20 percent from the floor. Of course, he has also scored 68 points in the last two games. 

Part of the reason Harden was traded is because he wanted to be paid like a superstar, though you can see based on his performance this season that he is not at that level. There is too much shoot-and-miss in his game to be thought of at that status. 

Based on what the Rockets have, Harden has been an absolute steal. He is not capable of putting a team on his back and getting them into the postseason, but he is a great complementary piece on a championship team. 

The Rockets were smart to acquire Harden, though they didn't do a good enough job of building around him for this season. Their defense has been abysmal, which has played a huge role in their 9-10 start. 

It will be interesting to see how different the Rockets' offense is if Harden has to miss an extended period of time. He has been the lynchpin to what the team wants to do, and a significant reason they rank fourth in the NBA in points per game. 

We will keep you updated on Harden's status for this week as more information becomes available.