Harden scored 34 points (8-25 FG, 2-13 3Pt, 16-17 FT) and added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder. Harden rolled his ankle in Game 3, but has played through the pain and not missed a game. The injury appears to have impacted his shooting, as he is a combined 13-41 (31.7%) from the field and 2-20 (10.0%) from behind the arc over the two games since the injury. Though his efficiency has suffered, he has continued rebounding and assisting at a high level. Until his ankle is healed, DFS players should consider his injury before using him.
Harden rolled his ankle during Game 3 against the Thunder, but will continue to play through it moving forward, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports. "Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games." The ankle injury may have been a big reason for Harden's struggles in Game 4, as he shot just 5-of-16 from the field for 16 points, marking by far his lowest scoring output of the playoffs thus far. That said, Harden is fully expected to continue to play through the ankle injury, so he should be in the starting lineup as usual ahead of Tuesday's Game 5. While he should see a full complement of minutes, the injury is something to consider for DFS purposes, as it clearly hampered Harden's effectiveness in Game 4.
Harden tallied 44 points (11-21 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 18-18 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one block across 38 minutes during a 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday. Harden exceeded 35 points for the third straight time to open up his playoff campaign as he netted his first 40-point game of these playoffs. He is continuing to get to the free throw line with absurd success, as he's gone a combined 36-of-38 from the foul line in the last two games. Friday's game marked the first time so far this series that Harden has shot at least 50 percent from the field.
Harden registered 35 points (7-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 18-20 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 115-11 victory over the Thunder in Game 2. Harden followed up his Game 1 performance with another solid performance in Game 2, most notably getting to the line more Wednesday night. He needs to cut down the seven turnovers he had in Game 2 for the rest of the series if the Rockets want to hold on to their 2-0 lead. If teammates Eric Gordon and Lou Williams shoot like they did in Game 2, Harden will have hot hands to feed and the Rockets will have a chance to build on their series lead.
Harden scored 37 points (13-28 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 8-11 FT) to go along with nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes during Sunday's 118-87 win over the Thunder in Game 1. Harden got off to a bit of a slow start, lunching back-to-back airballs at one point in the first quarter, but he caught fire and finished with a terrific all-around performance. He struggled a bit from long range, but he made up for it by going to the basket to great effect and getting to the foul line as well. Harden will obviously be the catalyst for the Rockets this postseason and is off to a terrific start as they look to make quick work of their rivals to the north.
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