James Harden is on track for another MVP season, but the best scorer in the NBA unfortunately suffered an injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas. Fortunately for the Houston Rockets, the early indication is that it’s not going to cause him to miss an extended period of action.
Harden has been dominant of late, averaging 35.8 points over his past 10 games. Despite not having Chris Paul alongside him in the backcourt, the All-Star guard continues to carry the Rockets back to respectability in the Western Conference.
Although there was slight concern over his calf contusion, ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon is reporting that Harden is expected to play tonight against the Boston Celtics.
Source: Rockets guard James Harden is expected to play vs. Celtics. He's listed as questionable due to a left calf contusion.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 27, 2018
He is officially listed as questionable for the game.
It should be an entertaining game if Harden suits up, as he could find himself in a shootout with Kyrie Irving.
The Rockets began this season desperately searching for answers, but Mike D’Antoni and the rest of his staff have rediscovered the formula that worked last year. With Clint Capela and Eric Gordon starting to develop a rhythm on offense, the time is now for them to climb up the standings.
Houston is just four games back of the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the conference.