Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told local reporters Friday that star shooting guard James Harden is probable for Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.
Harden suffered a hamstring strain on Oct. 24 versus the Utah Jazz and has missed the previous two games. The reigning MVP won’t play Friday when the Rockets take on the Brooklyn Nets.
D'Antoni said James Harden probable to play in Chicago tomorrow. Out tonight only because it's a back-to-back and Rockets did not want him to play in both games coming off the hamstring strain.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 2, 2018
In the four games he has played in this season, 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.
The Rockets are off to a terrible start. After having the best record in the NBA last year, Houston is 1-5 on the season and struggling on both ends of the court. Entering Friday, the Rockets are averaging 105.8 points per game, which is 25th in the league, and giving up 116.3 points, which is 20th in the NBA.
The addition of Carmelo Anthony to the roster has been a negative so far. Obviously, there’s still a lot of basketball to be played, and the return of James Harden to the lineup will help things.
However, the Rockets were a top-10 defensive team in the NBA last year. The departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, coupled with the addition of Anthony, make Houston a liability on defense now.