Houston Rockets guard James Harden was forced to leave the game against Grizzlies on Friday night — the team’s final preseason game. Harden was diagnosed with a bruised right knee after just seven minutes of action.
[via Houston Chronicle]
Harden stayed down on the court before limping to the line. After Harden’s free throw,Patrick Beverley intentionally fouled to stop the clock, allowing Harden to walk very slowly to the locker room.
Harden began electronic stim treatment almost immediately.
“He iced it, and stuff, and we’ll see how he feels (Saturday),” McHale said, indicating that he didn’t think the injury was serious.
Harden finished with six points and four rebounds in his 7-plus minutes before the injury.
It’s likely that Harden was held out the rest of the game as a precaution but that’s certainly not a sight you want to see. The loss of Harden has to be the worst-case scenario for the Rockets.
For now it appears that Harden is good to go for the season opener.
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