James Harden injury update: Rockets star ‘very doubtful’ to play against Clippers

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Coach Mike D’Antoni said Harden will have an MRI on Thursday and the injury is “probably closer to a strain than just tightness.”

James Harden missed practice Thursday and will not play in the Rockets’ next two games against the Clippers and Trail Blazers, the team announced Thursday.

Harden had an MRI on Thursday, which revealed a strain in his hamstring. He will be re-evaluated before the team travels to Brooklyn on Nov. 2.

The 29-year-old star is dealing with a hamstring injury after exciting Wednesday’s 100-89 loss to the Jazz in the fourth quarter. D’Antoni said Harden began to feel the injury early, but he then re-aggravated his hamstring on a drive to the basket before being removed.

With Harden and James Ennis both dealing with hamstring injuries, Carmelo Anthony could make his first start of the season against the Clippers, ESPN notes.

Harden, who missed seven games with a hamstring injury last season, initially said the injury isn’t worth worry about.

“It’s nothing serious, nothing serious,” Harden told reporters after the game. “It’s nothing close to last year. Just being cautious.”

Harden finished Wednesday’s loss with 29 points, seven assists and seven turnovers.

Harden, a six-time All-Star, has scored 29 points or more in each of the Rockets’ last three games. He averaged 28.3 points and 9.7 assists during his MVP year in 2017-18.

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