HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston Rockets guard James Harden was treated by Rockets team doctors Thursday afternoon, after being diagnosed with strep throat.
Despite his condition, he is expected to play in Friday night’s Game 6 first round playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which will be held in Houston.
During Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City, Harden scored 31 points and sank seven 3-pointers out of nine attempts, while fighting flu-like ailments. His efforts added to Houston’s victory over Oklahoma City with the final score being 107-100. As a result of Wednesday’s win, the Rockets made the series 3-2.
In an interview with cbssports.com, Harden said that he did not allow his physical limitations and diminished health become a deterrent during his performance: “I just tried to go out there and give it all I had,” said Harden, adding that he slept all day. “It was a win or go home, so I got some shots to fall and I just tried to not think about it,” Harden stated.
The Rockets also won Wednesday’s game without starting point guard Jeremy Lin for the second straight game due to Lin’s bruised chest muscle.
Harden also told cbssports.com that despite the team’s setbacks, the Houston team kept a strong focus: We just came out here and played pressure-free. Go out there and just hoop, that was our mindset going into the game,” Harden said. “The same thing back at home: just go out there and hoop. We’re an eighth seed. Nobody’s expecting us to win. So just give it what we’ve got. Simple,” Harden added.
Houston will look to win again come Friday as they take on OKC, having a home court advantage.
The Houston Rockets’ official Twitter page reminded followers and fans of Game 6 Friday:
“Thank you Red Nation! Game 6 on Friday is SOLD OUT. TC is going to be rocking! Only 2 ways to still get tickets – rockets.com”
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 2, 2013