James Harden Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
Houston Rockets fans saw their worst nightmares realized when James Harden had to exit the team's preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first quarter Friday night.
Jason Friedman of Rockets.com reported Harden took a hit to his knee and immediately went back to the locker room:
Rockets get scare as Harden exits, heads straight to locker room after taking shot to right knee. Will update status when available.— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) October 26, 2013
The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reported the star guard would be out for the rest of the game:
Harden is out for the rest of the game with a bruised right knee.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 26, 2013
Here's how Harden injured his knee:
From Rockets.com reporter Jason Friedman:
Best news of night for Houston: Sounds like Harden will be fine. Knee bruised, but not considered serious. Only news that truly matters.— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) October 26, 2013
Prior to leaving the game, Harden had six points and four rebounds.
Since this is only a preseason game, the Rockets could simply be taking as many precautions as possible with one of their best players. There's no sense in risking somebody of Harden's ability to further injury this close to the regular season.
The fifth-year shooting guard is coming off of his best season as a pro, after doubts about whether he could become a star on his own following that trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden averaged 25.9 points and 5.8 assists a game with a PER of 23.0.
Now the team will just try to have him ready for when the season starts. Houston's first regular-season game is Wednesday, Oct. 30, against the Charlotte Bobcats.
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