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James Harden, James Ennis out at least next 2 games

James Harden, James Ennis

The Houston Rockets announced Thursday that star shooting guard James Harden and small forward James Ennis will miss at least the next two games with injuries.

Harden, the reigning MVP, left Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter. An MRI Thursday revealed that Harden has a Grade 1-plus left hamstring strain. He will be re-evaluated prior to the team’s upcoming road trip.

Ennis, meanwhile, sustained a Grade 2 right hamstring strain against the Los Angeles Clippers last Sunday.

Through four games, James Harden is averaging 28.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line.

James Ennis has played in three games (all starts) and is averaging 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists. The 28-year-old is shooting 36.8 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from the 3-point line. Ennis signed a two-year, $3.47 million free agent deal with the Rockets in July. He split time in 2017-18 with the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.

The Rockets are 1-3 on the season and will look to snap a two-game losing streak Friday when they host the Clippers. All-Star point guard Chris Paul will return from his two-game suspension for punching Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo last Saturday at Staples Center.

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