NBA: Houston Rockets suffer James Harden scare


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Houston Rockets will be sweating over the fitness of James Harden after the shooting guard injured his hamstring during their 148-142 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The MVP candidate picked up the problem during the closing seconds of the contest at the Toyota Center and he was seen limping towards the locker room upon the conclusion of the match.

The Rockets, who ended a five-game losing streak thanks to Sunday’s triumph, will certainly be hoping Harden’s injury is not too severe given the 28-year-old has been their top points scorer in each of their last six contests.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder player was in optimistic mood after the match and believes he could be fit enough to feature against Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

“Hopefully it is not that serious, just a pull on the hammy,” Harden said.

“Just got some treatment right now and hopefully, day to day, it gets better.

“[It was concerning] especially [when] you don’t know what it is or you have never experienced it before.

Like I really can’t run. If I am going to play. But I really couldn’t run so let me go back here and see what is going on.

“We’ll see. I think we don’t play again until [Wednesday against Orlando]… so I got a couple of days.”

Houston are currently second in the Western Conference standings and they are priced at 5.50 to claim that title this season while they are available at 8.50 to secure overall NBA Championship glory.

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