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Harden scored 15 points (2-12 FG, 10-11 FT, 1-6 3Pt) in Sunday's win over the Warriors.

Harden missed a pair of preseason contests last week but returned to practice Thursday and was not limited in Sunday's game. The shooting performance leaves plenty to be desired, but Harden added seven rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.

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Harden (hip) went through a full practice Thursday, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden missed a few days of practice and sat out the Rockets' last two preseason games with a sore hip. After going through Thursday's practice, however, he appears to be in the clear and all signs point to him suiting up for Sunday's matchup with the Warriors.

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Harden (hip) will sit out Monday, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.

He is dealing with a sore hip, but it's probably not serious enough that he would sit out if this were a regular season contest. Look for Harden to take the floor again later in the week.

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Harden (hip) will probably not play in Monday's game against the Suns.

It would be a disappointment for Rockets fans to have Harden miss their season opener, but it's worrying that his hip is hurting more than previous reports seemed to indicate. Harden's practice time in the coming days will be very telling.

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Harden (hip) sat our of practice Sunday, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden hurt his hip a week ago, but has since returned to normal practice. apparently the injury is still bothering him a bit, but it should be healed with rest. Expect Harden to miss a little more practice time if necessary, but ultimately be ready to go at full strength for the season opener.

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Harden (hip) returned to practice Sunday and said he felt fine after falling on his hip Friday, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden took a hard fall during Friday's practice and suffered a minor hip injury. However, it does not appear to be anything serious, and it would be somewhat of a surprise if he's not in the lineup for Houston's preseason opener Tuesday in Dallas.

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Harden fell during Friday's practice and injured his hip, although it doesn't seem serious, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harden ultimately had to leave practice but coach Kevin McHale didn't seem overly concerned about it when questioned after practice. The Rockets play eight preseason games before their regular season starts on Oct. 28, so any deficiencies in Harden's game will likely be detected if this hip injury turns into anything serious.

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James Harden said that while he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Rockets, the rest of his teammates are "role players."

Speaking to The Philippine Star, Harden said, '"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we'll be fine next season." Harden presumably didn't mean any disrespect with his comments, but he may have some explaining to do with some of his teammates.

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Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team needs to be "more aggressive defensively" to advance deeper into the playoffs next season.

"We're going to have to put more pressure on the ball," McHale said. "We're going to have to probably trap and attack more defensively. We were all year long in the top five, six, seven in defensive field-goal percentage against. Our defensive rebounding has to pick up." The Rockets' core players remain under contract for 2014-15 but GM Daryl Morey isn't likely to stand pat. He'll need to fend off suitors for restricted FA Chandler Parsons, and may look to trade away Jeremy Lin and/or Omer Asik in the pursuit of another max-contract free agent.

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James Harden and Joakim Noah have been selected to the 2013-14 All-NBA First Team, the first time they've received the distinction in their careers.

Kevin Durant was the only First Team player to be unanimously selected, and he was joined by LeBron James and Chris Paul. Noah's terrific season earned him Defensive Player of the Year honors, in addition to his First Team selection, and Harden made the squad by joining LeBron as the only players to average at least 25.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds.