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James Harden out at least two weeks with hamstring strain

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Not a good start to the new year for James.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Rockets, James Harden’s strained hamstring he suffered in last night’s win over the Lakers will keep him out for at least two weeks.

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.

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!