January 6, 2021 10:16 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Struggles with shot once more

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Harden scored 15 factors (5-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-Four FT) whereas including 12 assists, 4 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 39 minutes throughout Wednesday’s 114-107 loss to the Pacers.

For the second straight contest, Harden had hassle getting his shot to drop and wound up with a season-low scoring efficiency, however he nonetheless got here away along with his third double-double in 5 video games. He’ll look to snap out of his scoring funk when the Rockets host the Magic on Friday.

January 5, 2021 11:28 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Double-doubles regardless of frigid shot

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Harden supplied 21 factors (5-17 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals throughout 38 minutes in Monday’s 113-100 loss to the Mavericks.

Harden returned from a one-game absence and struggled to seek out his shot, however he was ready to attract a number of fouls and salvage his level complete on the charity stripe. There are sure to be some rising pains within the backcourt as Harden and John Wall learn to play alongside one another. As soon as they settle right into a rhythm, we must always see the Rockets roll out with a a lot tighter offense.

January 4, 2021 01:40 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Set to return Monday

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Harden (ankle) will play in Monday’s recreation in opposition to the Mavericks.

It will likely be solely a one-game absence for Harden, who was held out of Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Sacramento as a result of a sprained proper ankle. Harden will re-enter the beginning lineup Monday night time, doubtless sending Eric Gordon again to the bench. In his final look (Thursday vs. SAC), Harden went for 33 factors, eight assists, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 38 minutes.

January 3, 2021 03:00 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Questionable for Monday

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Harden (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday’s recreation in opposition to the Mavericks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle studies.

Harden was a late scratch from Saturday’s win over Sacramento as a result of a sprained proper ankle, and his standing stays unsure for Monday’s contest. If the 31-year-old is pressured to overlook his second recreation in a row, John Wall, Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore ought to see elevated workloads.

January 2, 2021 04:32 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Late scratch Saturday

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Harden is a late scratch for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Kings as a result of a sprained proper ankle, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston studies.

Harden appeared to have suffered the damage late in Thursday’s recreation, and he is not feeling wholesome sufficient to play two days later. In his stead, Eric Gordon will begin and may see a lift in minutes, although he was initially listed as possible as a result of knee soreness. John Wall ought to take management of the offense.

January 1, 2021 03:36 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Comes up large in win

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Harden scored 33 factors (10-24 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 9-11 FT) whereas including six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block throughout 38 minutes in Thursday’s win over the Kings.

Harden scored 16 of his 33 factors within the fourth quarter, and the star capturing guard got here up by way of within the clutch when the Rockets wanted him essentially the most en path to the win. Harden isn’t any stranger to placing up monster stat strains, and he is already thriving in his first few video games of the 2020-21 season. He has scored at the least 30 factors in every of his first three video games of the yr whereas additionally racking up 16 rebounds and 33 assists in that span.

December 28, 2020 11:52 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Posts one other large stat line

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Harden totaled 34 factors (10-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds, eight assists and one steal in a loss to Denver on Monday.

With a lot of Houston’s roster nonetheless away from the workforce as a result of COVID-19 protocols, Harden and Christian Wooden have tried to hold the offense on their backs. Whereas the Rockets have misplaced their first two video games, Harden has been a dominant drive, averaging 39.zero factors, 5 rebounds and 12.5 assists whereas drilling 11 three-pointers and capturing 57.9 % from the sector. Each John Wall (COVID-19) and DeMarcus Cousins (COVID-19) are anticipated to return to the lineup Thursday, however that should not stop Harden from placing up his sometimes fantasy-friendly numbers.

December 27, 2020 01:04 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Explodes for 44 factors, 17 assists

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Harden tallied 44 factors (12-22 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 14-16 FT), 4 rebounds and 17 assists in a loss to Portland on Saturday.

Harden practically led a depleted Rockets squad to a street victory in Portland, however the Blazers finally prevailed on a late three-pointer by CJ McCollum. Nonetheless, it was a dynamic efficiency by the bearded celebrity, who tied his profession excessive with 17 assists and exhibited no indicators of rust regardless of exhibiting up late to camp and taking part in in solely two preseason video games. Whereas the commerce rumors might not go away and Harden might proceed to push for a path out of Houston, Saturday’s efficiency reveals why the perennial All-Star stays close to the highest of fantasy rankings.

December 25, 2020 06:20 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Can be accessible Saturday

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Harden shall be accessible for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Portland.

The celebrity was dominated out of Wednesday’s opener in opposition to the Thunder — which was finally postponed — due a violation of the league’s well being and security protocols, however he is returned a number of damaging COVID-19 checks and shall be within the lineup for Saturday’s contest. Harden’s exploits throughout coaching camp have been well-documented, and whereas he continues to hunt a commerce out of Houston, it seems as if he’ll fill his normal position with the Rockets within the meantime. With a number of regulars — together with John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Gordon — all unavailable Friday, Harden could possibly be thrust into elevated minutes straight away.

December 24, 2020 11:28 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Needs to be accessible vs. Blazers

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Harden shall be required to self-isolate till Friday, and if he continues to check damaging for COVID-19, he’ll be cleared to play in Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Path Blazers, ESPN studies.

Whereas Harden examined damaging for the virus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he was deemed “unavailable” for Wednesday night time’s opener agains the Thunder after he broke the league’s COVID-19 protocols earlier within the week by attending a personal occasion. In the end, the league dominated that the Rockets didn’t have the minimal variety of gamers accessible for Wednesday’s recreation, so it was postponed to a later date. The scenario created a little bit of a multitude main as much as the sport — and the complete ordeal has definitely been a PR hit for Harden — however all in all, the celebrity guard is on observe to be within the lineup Saturday night time.

December 24, 2020 12:52 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Wednesday’s opener postponed

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Wednesday’s season opener for Harden between the Rockets and Thunder has been postponed, Shams Charania of The Athletic studies.

After an investigation, the NBA dominated that the Rockets wouldn’t have sufficient gamers to discipline a workforce for Wednesday’s recreation. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, three Rockets gamers returned optimistic or inconclusive checks, whereas 4 others are at present quarantined as a result of contact tracing. Harden himself was dominated unavailable by the league as a result of a violation of the NBA’s well being and security protocols. At the moment, it is unclear if Harden or the Rockets will have the ability to play Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Portland.

December 24, 2020 12:48 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Opener could possibly be postponed

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Wednesday’s season opener for Harden and the Rockets in opposition to the Thunder could possibly be postponed, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN studies.

The Rockets are coping with a myriad of COVID-19 protocol points, and it isn’t clear everybody can have a definitive take a look at in time for the sport. If Houston cannot discipline eight gamers who’re away from the virus for sure, the sport shall be postponed.

December 23, 2020 08:24 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Standing nonetheless in query

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Harden‘s standing for Wednesday night time’s season-opener in opposition to the Thunder stays in query, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN studies.

Harden examined damaging for COVID-19 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, however the league remains to be reviewing the scenario and has but to find out if the star guard shall be cleared for Wednesday night time’s recreation. A number of different Rockets are additionally awaiting a ruling on their standing, so at this level it’s totally a lot unclear which gamers shall be accessible for coach Stephen Silas in his regular-season debut.

December 23, 2020 10:28 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Availability for opener in query

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Harden‘s availability for Wednesday’s season opener versus the Thunder could possibly be in query because the league workplace continues to analyze his attainable violation of the NBA’s COVID-19 security protocols, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com studies.

Extra particularly, the league is working with the Rockets to find out whether or not a video that has circulated on social media that includes Harden at a strip membership is verified to be current. The scenario remains to be growing, and even when no decision of the matter is made previous to Wednesday’s Eight p.m. ET tipoff, it is attainable that Harden might face a fantastic or suspension at a later date if he is confirmed to have violated league protocols.

December 16, 2020 11:36 AM

Rockets’ James Harden: Restricted in return to motion

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Harden completed with 12 factors (3-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 4 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes throughout Tuesday’s 112-98 victory over the Spurs.

Harden was again on the courtroom for the Rockets after what has been an entertaining few weeks, to say the least. Amid a swirl of commerce rumors, Harden noticed 21 minutes in his return along with his lack of recreation follow very evident. The most important takeaway right here is that he suited up in any respect given current rumblings. Barring any main information within the subsequent seven days, Harden appears more likely to be accessible for the opening recreation of the common season. His title because the No. 1 participant in fantasy remains to be intact, though there’s undoubtedly a case to be made for an additional participant to be at the least thought of.

December 15, 2020 06:28 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Set to play about 20 minutes

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Coach Stephen Silas stated Harden will begin and play about 20 minutes in Tuesday’s preseason recreation in opposition to the Spurs, Adam Spolane of Sports activities Radio 610 Houston studies.

The 31-year-old is making his preseason debut after arriving late to camp and passing by way of the league’s COVID-19 protocol, and it isn’t a lot of a shock he will not be seeing a full workload Tuesday. Harden’s future stays clouded by the general public commerce request, however for now he is set to start his ninth season with the Rockets.

December 14, 2020 02:28 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: To make preseason debut Tuesday

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Harden (not damage associated) practiced with the Rockets on Monday, Kelly Iko of The Athletic studies. He’ll play in Tuesday’s preseason recreation in opposition to the Spurs, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

After passing by way of the NBA’s rigorous COVID-19 protocol, Harden was cleared to follow and took the ground with the Rockets for the primary time Monday. Harden’s very public commerce request clouds his outlook for this season, however the Rockets don’t look like in any hurry to grant the three-time scoring champ’s want. With the common season simply over every week away, fantasy managers ought to put together as if Harden will start the season in Houston alongside new addition John Wall.

December 10, 2020 05:12 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Begins particular person exercises

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Harden (not damage associated) was cleared for particular person exercises Thursday, Kelly Iko of The Athletic studies.

Harden stays in COVID-19 protocol and desires to provide six straight days of damaging checks earlier than he can be a part of his teammates, however he is at the least been cleared to start out engaged on his personal. At finest, he’ll doubtless have the ability to play within the workforce’s closing two preseason video games.

December 9, 2020 04:20 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Wants six damaging COVID-19 checks

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Harden might want to take a look at damaging for COVID-19 for six consecutive days earlier than being cleared to follow with the Rockets, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com studies.

Harden arrived in Houston on Tuesday and underwent league-mandated testing, however he’ll must proceed testing damaging for six days earlier than he can follow with the Rockets. Meaning he’ll miss the workforce’s first two preseason video games, although he might play within the third.

December 9, 2020 02:28 PM

Rockets’ James Harden: Arrives in Houston

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Harden reported to the Rockets on Tuesday and underwent league-mandated testing, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN studies.

The Rockets anticipated Harden to report over the weekend, however the star guard failed to indicate up for a person exercise Sunday night time, and he remained absent from Monday’s session. Harden returning to Houston is a step in the best course, however the relationship between the franchise and him stays strained. It is no secret that Harden is searching for a commerce out out of Houston, and earlier Tuesday, Wojnarowski reported Harden is trying to land with a contending workforce, such because the Nets or 76ers. For now, the Rockets are standing pat — Harden is beneath contract by way of 2022-23 — however the stress between the 2 sides will doubtless solely improve because the common season approaches.