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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rockets' James Harden hopes to play tomorrow against Spurs


By on 12/24/2013 11:20:00 AM

The Houston Rockets were without James Harden during last night's 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The loss dropped the Rockets to 18-11 on the season.  It was the second consecutive game Harden has missed due to an ankle injury, but there may be some good news regarding Harden.

Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Rockets writer for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted the following update on Harden.

 "The swelling went down," Harden said. "It's still there but it's improving. We will re-evaluate and I will try to do some work on it (on Tuesday) and go from there."
Francisco Garcia started for Harden along side of Jeremy Lin, who returned to the lineup after being out with back spasms.  Garcia scored only 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting in 35 minutes of action. Lin played well, scoring 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, in 37 minutes.  Aaron Brooks was the only guard coming off the bench and added 18 points and 5 assists, in 27 minutes.

Harden, who has appeared in 23 of the Rockets' 29 games,  has played through injury all season.  Although his numbers are slightly down from last season, he's still averaging 23.9 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.  Last year, his first season as a starter, Harden was an All-Star, averaging 25.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. 

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