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Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says James Harden will play vs. Hawks

James Harden

With the last quarter of the regular season all that remains until the start of the playoffs, the Houston Rockets have their work cut out for them. Currently in the fifth seed with a 34-25 record, the Rockets will try to climb as high as they can in the Western Conference standings before the postseason kicks off. Thankfully, the team received some good news about James Harden’s status as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Harden has been the driving force for Houston all season long, so having him on the court continues to give the team their best shot at winning night in and night out. He has missed four games this season, leading to mixed results from the team when forced to play without him.

At the start of the season, a three-game run without James led to two double digit losses and one win. On Saturday night, the Rockets challenged the Golden State Warriors without Harden and pulled away with a victory.

Harden’s monster production all season long is tough to replicate in his absence. The team’s recent Harden-less win over the Warriors required fantastic performances from Kenneth Faried, Eric Gordon, and Chris Paul, who tallied a season-high number of assists. So far this season, James Harden is averaging 36.5 points, 7.7 assists, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game.

This will be also be just the second game where the team’s big three in Harden, Paul, and Clint Capela take the court together since Capela’s return from injury. Getting the trio as much time to get in their groove before the postseason is crucial for Houston.