Things aren’t going so well recently for the Houston Rockets. Just after getting Chris Paul back, the team will now be without MVP candidate and NBA’s scoring leader, James Harden. The Rockets have announced on Monday that Harden suffered a hamstring strain and will be out at least for two weeks. The injury happened in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Harden’s teammates, him missing games will make things harder for the team that was on five games losing streak before the win against the Lakers.
“If James misses time, it is going to be tough.” – said Trevor Ariza. “Since I have been here, he’s been here, he has been on the court, he has been available. So for him to have to miss time, it would definitely be tough, definitely be an adjustment.“
“Yeah, we lost our horse,” – Chris Paul added.
The Rockets, who are currently sitting on the second place of Western Conference and two games behind the Golden State Warriors, had a lot of issues with the injuries in this season. In the game against the Lakers, they just got back Paul and Clint Capela, who missed three and four games respectively during the Rockets losing streak. Chris Paul alone missed 18 games this season. When he and Harden play together, the team has a 15-2 record.
James Harden is once again playing an amazing season, so it remains to be seen how the injury will affect him. He currently leads the league in scoring with 32.1 points per game and is ranked third in assists with 9.1 per game. After finishing second in MVP voting past two seasons, he has been once again one of the favorites for the award alongside Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James.