James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden averaged 27.4 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 1.9 steals in 37 minutes per game through 81 games in 2014-15.

The 25-year-old, who is under team control through 2017-18, finished this season as the runner-up in MVP voting. Harden's efficient shooting (44% FG, 38% 3Pt, 87% FT) came on 18 attempts per game, making him one of the best scoring options in the NBA. Harden missed just one game this season, given a suspension for kicking LeBron James in the groin. Harden put up career-high numbers across the board while playing one less minute per game from the 2013-14 season.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden struggled in Wednesday's elimination loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, posting 14 points (2-11 FG, 10-13 FT, 0-3 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and 13 turnovers.

Harden's poor shooting efficiency hampered his ability to make an impact in Game 5, and his whopping 13 turnovers didn't help his case either. He was struggling all over the place, and the Warriors take credit for locking him down. As a result, Harden and the Rockets will head into the offseason without a ring. Look for the superstar to work hard in the summer.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden scored 45 points (13-22 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 12-13 FT) with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Monday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

He wasn't about to let Golden State clinch on his home court, and Harden stepped up with a massive performance to send the series back west. He'll need to keep producing at this level if the Rockets are going to stay alive past Wednesday's Game 5, however.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden scored just 17 points (3-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 10-11 FT) with three rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes Saturday as the Warrior extended their lead to three games.

Harden had missed a triple-double by just one assist in the both Game 1 and 2 of the series, but was disappointing in the first game at home and will need to get back to his best if the Rockets are to have any chance of causing a major upset. His 17 points was the first time Harden had failed to score 20 points in the entire postseason and it would be a good bet that he gets it back on track in Game 4.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden had another huge game Thursday against the Warriors, finishing with 38 points (13-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 10 rebounds, and nine assists over 41 minutes.

Harden has come just shy of a triple-double in two straight games against the Warriors. He had an opportunity to hit the game winner, but was unable to get the shot off as time expired. Harden should continue to put up elite numbers as the series transitions to Houston for Games 3 and 4.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden grazed a triple-double in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, posting 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in 42 minutes of action.

Harden had a remarkable performance Tuesday, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to put the Rockets on top by the end of regulation. They blew a decent lead in the game, and Harden wasn't able to carry them through the fourth quarter. Still, look for him to have another chance to put up a strong performance in Game 2.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden posted 31 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and one block in 43 minutes of action in Game 7 against the Clippers.

Harden helped the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals after being down to the Clippers 2-3 after the first five games. It's apparent that the Warriors-Rockets series will be a hard-fought one, and it's reasonable to expect Harden to put out his best efforts moving forward.

James Harden SG HOU 2 months ago

Harden will be in the starting lineup for game seven at home against the Clippers, The Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden rode the bench in fourth quarter while Corey Brewer and Josh Smith led a crazy comeback to win game six, but should be ready to resume a full compliment of minutes in game seven. The winner advances to face Golden State on the road in the Western Conference Finals later this week.

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Harden is still dealing with flu-like symptoms but is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Harden exited Game 5 late in the fourth quarter due to illness, and while he's still dealing with symptoms, it's difficult to imagine him missing an elimination game. "He looked OK," coach Kevin McHale said. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." It sounds as though Harden will likely be less than 100 percent, but considering he put up a triple-double Tuesday after requiring an IV before the game, he remains a strong daily play.

James Harden SG HOU 3 months ago

Harden (illness) went to Houston's locker room late in the fourth quarter Tuesday and did not return for the remainder of the game against Los Angeles. TNT's broadcast reported that it is a precautionary measure and is not considered to be serious.

TNT's Tracy Wolfson reported that Harden had been dealing with a cold prior to Game 5. Harden reported to the locker room late in the game as the outcome had all-but been decided with the Rockets holding a commanding lead. He should be able to play Thursday for Game 6. Despite the cold, Harden posted a triple-double in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.