Harden hurt in Rockets rout of Memphis
Houston Rockets guard James Harden was listed as day-to-day
after leaving Friday night’s preseason game against the Memphis
Grizzlies with a right knee bruise.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said after Houston’s 92-73 victory
that his star guard bumped knees with Memphis’ Quincy Pondexter in
the first quarter. Harden did not return after the injury.
”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, who entered the game as the team’s leading scorer in the
preseason with a 20.8 average, connected on a 3-pointer from the
right wing with 4:35 left in the first quarter and went down to the
court in front of the Rockets bench when he was fouled by
Harden eventually got up, made the ensuing free throw and went
straight to the locker room at the next stoppage of play.
Harden finished with six points and four rebounds in his 7-plus
minutes before the injury.
Omri Casspi scored 11 points, Donatas Motiejunas finished with
10 for Houston.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 17 points, but connected on only 4
of 13 shots.
The game was a bit chippy at times with Gasol and the Rockets
Dwight Howard earning double technicals in the first half, and
Memphis forward Ed Davis drawing an ejection with a flagrant foul
in the fourth.