If you think James Harden is planning to miss anytime due to his injured left wrist, you’d be mistaken if you listened to him following the Rockets 113-106 loss to the Warriors at Toyota Center Tuesday night.
“Ice, treatment, be ready to go,” he said 40 minutes after the final buzzer sounded.
When asked if it might mean he’d miss the Rockets game in Portland Thursday night, he repeated the same thing three more times.
Harden finished with his 20th triple-double of the season Tuesday night, giving the Rockets 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, but he shot just 5-of-20 from the field, and made just 1-of-9 attempts from behind the 3-point line. He could be seen holding the wrist in the third quarter and started to pass up shots soon after that.
“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I don’t like to feel sorry for myself at all, but the short is short and it’s frustrating when you can’t really follow through at what not, but I’m just going to continue to go out there and do my best.”
Harden injured the wrist March 18 in a game against the Denver Nuggets, and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after the Rockets win over Oklahoma City on Sunday, that he could’ve missed the previous game against New Orleans, but Tuesday night, he didn’t seem overly concerned.
“I think it bothered him a little bit and we’ll have to look at it going forward and make sure he’s ok, but I’m sure it bothered him some because he only had a triple-double.”
Harden has yet to miss a game all season.