The Rockets announced today that guard James Harden suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain during last night’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Full story: https://t.co/zNJxR17DOG pic.twitter.com/p9h5ZedEM2— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 2, 2018
Harden suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter after recording a double-double with 40 points and 11 assists.
According to Jonathan Feigen, he states that Harden’s hamstring was partially torn and that two weeks is the absolute minimum for the time he will miss.
A grade two hamstring strain involves a partial tear of a hamstring. Even within grade 2, there can be a variety of severeties, but the two weeks is for an exam, not for Harden to return.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 2, 2018
This is the first time in Harden’s Houston career that he will be out for an extended period of time and this will certainly be a test for the Rockets. Look for Eric Gordon and Gerald Green to absorb Harden’s minutes.
The brief notice the Rockets gave says that he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Between now and two weeks from today, MLK Day, the Rockets have seven games, five of which are outside Toyota Center.
It’s hard imagining this team without Harden, but that will be the reality for the next few weeks. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the Beard!