Rockets’ James Harden expected to play vs. Celtics despite bruised calf
James Harden sustained the injury during their Christmas day game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The reigning NBA MVP played 39 minutes in the match and scored 41 points on top of six rebounds and seven assists to propel the Rockets to victory.
However, after the match, it was revealed that he suffered a bruised calf. Harden is then listed as questionable as they return to action against the Celtics Thursday.
According to the latest reports, though, the six-time All-Star is expected to feature at Toyota Center when they take on Boston.
D'Antoni said expects Harden to play, but had not heard definitely.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 27, 2018
James Harden (bruised calf) is expected to play tonight vs. Boston, per Mike D'Antoni. He had been listed as questionable. #Rockets
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) December 27, 2018
Harden is currently putting up a career-high 32.3 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from 3-point land. He is also averaging 5.7 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 2.1 steals on a nightly basis.
Boston is coming off back-to-back wins, the latest against fellow Eastern Conference contenders Philadelphia 76ers. Kyrie Irving dropped 40 against the Sixers on Christmas, making it more crucial for the Rockets to have Harden on the roster.
Not to mention that Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul is out after going down with a hamstring injury against the Miami Heat last week.
Houston is 18-15 on the season and has also won two straight games. They are now seventh in the tough Western Conference after a slow start that saw them drop to the bottom of the West standings.