James Harden Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Foot

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIMarch 30, 2013

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The Houston Rockets will have to continue fighting to keep their spot in the playoffs without star shooting guard James Harden, who will miss time with a sore foot. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 4:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Rockets fans can rejoice, because James Harden will return to the lineup tonight against the Sacramento Kings according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 1:48 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Rockets fans are getting closer to seeing their star back on the court as Harden took part in practice today and was pleased with how his foot responded. With Houston still jostling for playoff seeding, Harden is hopeful he'll be in the lineup tomorrow night vs. Sacramento.

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 1, at 11:47 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Rockets fans as James Harden (foot) isn't expected to play tonight, according to Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins.

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Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported the news via Twitter:

Harden is averaging 26 points per game this season, and this will be a huge blow as the team tries to get a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers

The injury does not appear to be the result of any specific incident, and is likely due to the rigors of a long and difficult NBA season. This is the second leg of a back-to-back set of games for Houston, and the team has asked a lot from Harden this season. 

His 38.3 minutes per game is tied for the fifth-most in the league this season, and his 27.0 usage rate is the 10th-highest mark. 

The Rockets are in a precarious position, as the team needs Harden in the playoffs, but may also need him to make the postseason. Houston is just 2.5 games ahead of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers heading into their showdown with the Clippers. 

The team has 10 games remaining in the regular season, and this is more than enough time for it to slide down lower than No. 8 in the standings.

Harden’s offensive talents will be badly needed in the home stretch, but head coach Kevin McHale has to be careful not to overwork him and risk an injury leading up to the playoffs.

For the Rockets to have any chance to be competitive in their first-round series, Harden will have to be healthy and on the floor.