Harden tallied 35 points (11-25 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 7-12 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 118-113 loss to the Warriors.
The Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors once again Friday despite a game-high 35 points by Harden. It was certainly a tough loss for the Rockets to swallow given the Warriors were without Kevin Durant (calf). It is the second straight season in which the Rockets have been knocked out by the Warriors on their own home floor. On a personal note, Harden is yet to establish himself as a clutch playoff performer in terms of a statement series victory. He will be likely battling for the leagues MVP award once again but that will come as little solace for what could have been a championship season.
Harden totaled 31 points (10-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 8-10 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, and one block in 45 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Warriors.
The series continues to go to script with the home team winning each of the first five games. Harden did his best to steal homecourt advantage but it wasn't enough as the Rockets went behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Harden himself continues to have a stellar post-season but will need to come with everything he's got if the Rockets are to force a deciding Game 7. The Warriors could be without Kevin Durant (calf) which would certainly work in the Rockets favor. That being said, the Rockets will need to avoid falling into the trap of overconfidence in what is sure to be another close matchup.
Harden amassed 38 points(13-29 FG, 6-17 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes during Monday's 112-108 victory over the Warriors.
Harden dropped a game-high 38 points Monday, leading the Rockets to a series-tying victory in Game 4 against the Warriors. His lingering eye concerns appeared a non-issue during the game and the Rockets have to feel good heading back to Oakland with everything squared up. Harden received support on the offensive end from a number of unusual suspects, an element that will need to continue if the Rockets are to take back homecourt advantage with a win Wednesday.
Harden ended with 41 points (14-32 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 44 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 victory over the Warriors.
Harden had no limitations Saturday, ending the game with 41 points in 44 minutes. Despite obvious redness in both eyes, Harden appeared unwavering in his efforts, leading the Rockets to a five-point overtime victory. He scored 28 points in the second half and overtime, including a number of clutch baskets to eventually seal the victory. The series will remain in Houston for Game 4 and another win would see things even at 2-2.
Harden (eye) is not expected to have vision issues for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Harden sustained hits to both eyes, as well as a cut under his left eyelid, during a physical Game 2 loss, and while his vision was impaired for much of the night, postgame tests revealed no significant, lasting damage. Harden, who said he could "barely see" for much of Game 2, will have three full days off before Game 3, which is essentially a must-win for the Rockets, who trail in the series 0-2.
Harden relayed following Tuesday's 115-109 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series that he "can barely see" after getting hit in both eyes during the contest, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Harden said his vision became an issue after he took an inadvertent shot to the face from the Warriors' Draymond Green halfway through the first quarter. He checked back into the contest with 9:38 remaining in the second quarter and finished with 29 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes, despite experiencing bleeding in both eyes and a laceration to his left eye. Fortunately for Harden, he'll have three full days off before the Rockets attempt to dig out of a 2-0 hole as the series shifts to Houston on Saturday. Harden noted in Tuesday's post-game press conference that his eyes were sensitive to light and was unsure if the issue would persist into the weekend, but it's unlikely to be anything that seriously jeopardizes his availability.
Harden totaled 29 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 loss to the Warriors.
Harden was able to play out the game Tuesday despite obvious discomfort in his injured eye. He led the Rockets with 29 points but it was not enough as they fell behind 2-0 in the series. It is unclear how serious the injury is at this stage, but chances are he takes the floor in what is basically now a must-win game Saturday. The extended rest certainly works in his favor but we should still keep an eye on the injury report leading up to tipoff.
Harden, despite "bleeding from the eye", will return to Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The injury sounds fairly serious, but the MVP candidate will opt to return to the game. It's possible he lands on the injury report ahead of Game 3.
Harden took a shot to the eye and went to the locker room during the first quarter of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Harden got poked in the left eye by Draymond Green and stayed down on the court through a timeout to be looked at by the team's medical staff. They'll continue to check things out in the locker room, and Harden should be considered questionable to return until further notice.
Harden totaled 35 points (9-28 FG, 4-16 3Pt, 13-14 FT), six assists, four rebounds, and three assists in 39 minutes during Sunday's 104-100 loss to Golden State.
Harden led the way for the Rockets, scoring 35 points on 9-of-28 shooting. A late no-call caused some conjecture as Harden missed a three-pointer that could have made things very interesting. His claims of a number of missed calls only adds fuel to the fire in what should be a very spicy series. If the Rockets are to leave Oakland with the series tied, they are going to need more from their supplementary players as well as a more efficient Harden.
Harden had 26 points (10-26 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, six assists, four blocks, and three steals in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 100-93 Game 5 win over the Jazz.
Harden was inefficient offensively but shook off another disastrous first quarter effort to deliver an incredibly well-rounded stat line. He'll continue to carry a heavy burden in terms of scoring and playmaking, plus he gets plenty of chances to accumulate decent defensive numbers given how often opposing teams try to make him work on that end.
Harden finished with 30 points (8-19 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 8-8 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes during Monday's 107-91 loss to the Jazz.
Harden led the Rockets with 30 points Monday in what was a much-improved performance when compared to the Game 3 debacle. It was not enough, however, as the Rockets lost their first game of the playoffs and will now need to return home where they will look to wrap up the series in five games. There is no need to worry when it comes to production from Harden and chances are he busts out for a huge game Wednesday.
Harden furnished 32 points (11-24 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds, 10 assists and one block across 33 minutes during the Rockets' 118-98 win over the Jazz in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
The Beard was at it again, spearheading a second straight blowout win over the normally defensively stingy Jazz. It was the third career postseason triple-double for Harden, who collected 25 of his points in the first half and hit all six of his three-pointers on the night in a momentous first quarter. The MVP candidate is averaging 30.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting, including 43.1 percent from behind the arc, over the first two games of the series as it shifts to Utah for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Harden totaled 29 points (11-26 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 assists, eight rebounds, and one block in 33 minutes during Sunday's 122-90 victory over the Jazz.
Harden picked up right where he left off after to regular season, dominating the Jazz despite the obvious defensive focus, albeit unorthodox. The Jazz were basically giving him a clear lane to the basket as opposed to allowing him to get in position for his patented step-back. He appeared untroubled as he finished with 29 points to go with 10 assists. He has been the clear number one player across all fantasy formats and is certainly in the running for his second consecutive MVP title.
Harden finished with 39 points (11-28 FG, 5-15 3Pt, 12-13 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 112-111 loss to the Thunder.
Harden's one missed free-throw came with less than 10 seconds on the clock, allowing Paul George to nail a game-winning three-pointer at the other end. The loss means the Rockets remain half a game behind the Nuggets in a battle for the number two seed. A loss by the Nuggets on Wednesday would see the Rockets leapfrog them into the second seed. A victory for the Trail Blazers on Wednesday could see the Rockets fall to the four seed and an anticipated second-round matchup with the Warriors.
Harden had 30 points (10-14 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 13 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in 29 minutes during Sunday's 149-113 win over the Suns.
Harden didn't do much missing in this one while falling just one dime shy of a triple-double in less than 30 minutes of action. With the second seed in the Western Conference still up for grabs, Harden is likely to be in his usual attack mode during Tuesday's regular season finale versus the Thunder.
Harden scored a game-high 26 points (8-21 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding eight rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's 120-96 win over the Knicks.
He likely could have posted much better numbers, but with the Rockets taking a 29-point lead into the half, Harden had no reason to keep his foot on the gas pedal. The NBA's scoring leader will have two more games to bolster his MVP case before the playoffs begin.
Harden turned in 31 points (9-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-12 FT), seven rebounds and seven assists across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 135-103 win over the Clippers.
Harden and the Rockets are already dialed into playoff mode, and Wednesday's contest was a probable preview of their first-round matchup. Both Harden and Chris Paul effectively dismantled one of the league's hottest teams in convincing fashion. One should expect some load management in effect as Houston prepares for the playoffs, and Harden's totals will likely be affected a bit in the final week.
Harden finished with 36 points (12-19 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 130-105 victory over the Kings.
Harden put up another monster line Tuesday despite the game being over by halftime. There is nothing else to say about Harden's production this season and he has clearly been the number one player in all fantasy formats. The Rockets will back up Wednesday against the Clippers and although nothing has been mentioned regarding rest, owners should just keep an eye on the injury report prior to tipoff.
Harden (personal) did not take part in Monday's practice but is expected to play Tuesday against Sacramento, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
There doesn't look to be much reason for concern here, but Harden's status is worth monitoring heading into Tuesday, which is the first night of a back-to-back. The MVP candidate is coming off of a 50-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Saturday's win over the Kings -- his ninth 50-point game of the season.
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