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James Harden not worried about MVP, excited to have healthy roster back

James Harden, Rockets

James Harden previously warned the rest of the NBA that he was coming for a second-straight MVP. The Houston Rockets guard has now put together 31 straight games scoring 30 points or more, going from forgotten to a contender for the award.

Yet the reigning Most Valuable Player assured he’s not worried about the award, but rather excited to have his roster in full health.

“I’m not worried about MVP,” James Harden said in Charlotte, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “I’m just excited for the second half of the season and getting a full, healthy roster and taking it from there.”

Center Clint Capela is expected to rejoin the starting lineup after the All-Star break, giving Harden now a full set of teammates to play with, with Chris Paul recently returning from a hamstring injury weeks ago.

Harden didn’t have the best of performances during All-Star Weekend, but was still appreciative of the moment, as not many come around during a player’s career.

“It hasn’t really been a break, but like I said, it’s always a blessing to be a part of All-Star Weekend,” Harden said. “You never want to take things like this for granted. Take it for what it is, had a great weekend and get back to the regular season.”

The Rockets are a game under the Portland Trail Blazers and a game over the Utah Jazz, nesting in fifth place and ready to make one last run for a top-three seed in a relentless Western Conference.