The Houston Rockets are off to a 1-3 start. That’s not good, of course. But even worse? James Harden is set to miss some time with a hamstring strain. He’ll be out for at least the next two games, per a team announcement Thursday.
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But for what it’s worth, ‘The Beard’ isn’t too worried about it.
“It’s nothing serious, nothing serious,” Harden told reporters (via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon) following Wednesday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. “It’s nothing close to last year. Just being cautious.”
Fellow teammate Chris Paul, who will return to the Rockets on Friday against the Clippers — after serving his two-game suspension — knows how difficult things are right now for Houston, though. But they have to fight through it.
“Obviously, we’d love to have the team full strength, but right now we’re sort of dealing with the injury bug,” Paul says. “We just need to get past it and just hoop, pile up some wins. We’ll just try to weather the storm. I’d rather it be now than April or something like that. We’ll just try to figure it out.”
Last season, the Rockets put together one of the best regular seasons in NBA history. Meanwhile, Harden took home MVP honors. In other words, the sky is still the limit for this team. Their championship window is still very much open. Hamstring injuries can be pretty tricky, though. So here’s to hoping Harden is okay.