JAMES Harden will miss at least two weeks as he recovers from a Grade 2 hamstring strain, the Houston Rockets announced on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Averaging an NBA-best 32.1 points per game, Harden appeared to have hurt his hamstring as he missed an open layup late in the fourth quarter before the Rockets outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers in double overtime on Sunday.
Harden’s recovery from the injury will be re-evaluated in two weeks if he can return to the Rockets, who welcomed back two starters in Chris Paul and Clint Capela on Sunday after their own injury battles as well.
Paul missed three games with a strained left adductor, while Capela dealt with a bruised left heel and a right orbital fracture as he missed all but one of the Rockets five-game slump, which ended in the double-OT victory over the Lakers.
Sitting out two weeks is rare for the 28-year-old Harden, who has only missed two games since the 2014-2015 season. But last season’s MVP runner-up, who has not missed more than nine games in a season, will likely miss at least six outings as he deals with the strained hamstring.
The Rockets (26-9) will be missing their go-to guy as they try to keep pace with the Golden State Warriors (29-8) in the Western Conference.