James Harden Injury: Updates on Rockets Star’s Hamstring and Return

The Houston Rockets appear to have avoided a scare as James Harden is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle had the details of the 25-year-old’s newest malady, which forced him to leave Saturday night’s game against the Hawks:

However, the Rockets reported the Harden would return:

While Harden has dealt with minor injuries here and there, he has been an impressive model of health through the first five seasons of his career, missing a total of just 23 games. He averaged a whopping 38.5 minutes per contest (regular season and playoffs) his first two years in Houston but sat out just 12 games.

An All-NBA First Team selection in 2013-14, Harden poured in 25.4 points with an efficient true-shooting percentage of 61.8 to go with 4.7 rebounds and a career-high 6.1 assists per game. Equally capable of taking opponents off the bounce or getting white-hot from distance, he finished fourth in the NBA in offensive win shares.

 

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Harden scores 41, Rockets beat Nuggets in OT (Yahoo Sports)

DENVER, CO - December 17: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on December 17, 2014 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

DENVER (AP) — James Harden couldn’t quite fight his way through traffic and just barely missed getting his hand in the face of Arron Afflalo as the Nuggets swingman knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end regulation.


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Howard, Harden lead Rockets over Nuggets, 108-96 (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on December 13, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds in his return from injury, James Harden had a triple-double, and the Houston Rockets overcame an early deficit for a 108-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.


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James Harden Drops Ben McLemore with Smooth Crossover

When you think “killer crossover,” James Harden might not be the first name that jumps into your mind. Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore apparently wasn’t prepared for it either, as the Houston Rockets All-Star sent him to the hardwood with a smooth move during Thursday’s showdown.

Houston ended up winning 113-109 in overtime.

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Harden drops 44 to power Rockets past Kings in OT

James Harden scored 10 of his 44 points in overtime to lead Houston to a 113-109 win.

      
 

 

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Harden scores 44 to lead Rockets over Kings in OT (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Patrick Beverley #2 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrate during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 11, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — James Harden scored 44 points, including 10 in overtime, and also had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets over the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Thursday night.


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Harden will play vs. Warriors, Howard still out

Howard is hoping to be back in the Rockets’ lineup Saturday

      
 

 

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James Harden will play vs. Warriors, Dwight Howard still out

Howard is hoping to be back in the Rockets’ lineup Saturday

      
 

 

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Harden ailing as Rockets’ injuries mount (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 6: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns on December 6, 2014 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Add James Harden to the long list of Houston Rockets dealing with injuries.


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James Harden Has a Legitimate Defensive Highlight Reel, Rockets GM Approves

The days of laughing at Houston Rockets star James Harden‘s defense may be over.

Earlier this year, an 11-minute video of Harden playing poor defense went viral. Nobody will ever question his ability to score, but that video gave fans the ability to get on the Houston guard’s case.

A new 10-minute video of Harden’s defense has recently surfaced. This time, it actually shows Harden making plays on the defensive end of the court.

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey saw this video and approved of it.

As long as Harden continues to play well on both ends of the court, Houston is going to be tough to beat.

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