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Monday, August 19, 2019

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Report: Rockets optimistic James Harden will not have further vision issues

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James Harden’s vision issues in Game 2 appear set to be a one-off, or so the Houston Rockets hope.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Harden has visited with an eye doctor, and there is optimism that he will have no further vision issues after being hit in the eyes in Game 2.

This is pretty good news for Houston if the optimism isn’t misplaced. Harden had clear issues dealing with the aftermath of the eye injury in Game 2, even if he still scored 29 points. Houston probably can’t win this series if he isn’t at full strength, but the trend looks good for Game 3.

James Harden appears to be sensitive to light after eye injury

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James Harden appeared to show sensitivity to light after suffering an eye injury during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Harden missed time in the first half after being inadvertently smacked in the face by Draymond Green. He was treated for an abrasion on his eyelid.

Well after returning to the game, TNT showed Harden appearing to be sensitive to the light at Oracle Arena.

Harden also had some redness in his eyes.

During the fourth quarter, TNT cameras showed him squinting and grimacing, indicating he was still being affected by the issue.

Despite his eye issues, Harden was able to shoot well after returning to the game and rallied to return to his role as a team leader.

James Harden leaves Game 2 after being smacked in eye

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The star players were dropping like flies in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

First it was Steph Curry suffering a dislocated finger a few minutes into the game. Then a few minutes later, James Harden left the game after being inadvertently smacked in the eye by Draymond Green.

Green caught Harden while going up for a rebound off Harden’s miss. He did not hit the Rockets star intentionally and even approached him to let him know that.

Harden subbed out halfway through the first quarter after being hurt and went to the locker room with an eye injury. He was 0/3 in the game and had not scored to that point.

James Harden does not think officials were fair in Game 1

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James Harden does not think he was officiated fairly in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

There were three plays in the first half where a defender seemed to land in Harden’s landing space in the first half. None were called fouls. Then there were two high-profile incidents where fouls were not called, both of which Chris Paul received a technical foul for because he complained.

The lack of calls influenced the game and helped the Warriors win 104-100. Afterwards, Harden said he wanted a “fair chance” from the officials.

Many around the league, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Rockets GM Daryl Morey, are wondering whether the league will say calls were missed.

The officials apparently told Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni that they missed calls in the game.

How the officials call the rest of the games of the series will help dictate the outcome. If they continue to not give Houston calls, the Rockets are toast.

Look: James Harden went with a bold outfit before Game 1

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James Harden has his swag on 100 before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals series between his Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors.

Harden entered Oracle Arena on Sunday wearing a colorful outfit.

The colors were bold, but dang, if that outfit doesn’t look comfy as heck, I don’t know what is.

Harden has become known for his pregame outfits prior to nationally-televised games. He got attention for his neon suit before a Christmas game, and nothing, I mean nothing, tops his snakeskin outfit.

Houston was hoping that the outfit put him in the right mindset for the team’s highly-anticipated game against Golden State, which is a rematch of last year’s conference finals.

James Harden, Jae Crowder get face-to-face early in Game 3

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James Harden and Jae Crowder got face-to-face early in Saturday’s Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

Harden was called for two early fouls in the game, including one for making contact with Donovan Mitchell on a corner three. Crowder came over and gave Harden an elbow, which the former MVP didn’t like. Harden responded with a push, and the two got face-to-face.

The officials reviewed the play but did not hand out any discipline.

Harden had a difficult start to the game. In addition to getting in early foul trouble, he also missed his first five field goal attempts.

Watch: James Harden shimmies on Ricky Rubio then misses shot

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James Harden got a little cocky a little too early on Wednesday night.

Early in Game 2 of the Houston Rockets-Utah Jazz first round playoff series, Harden shook Ricky Rubio with a stepback move. Rubio was so lost that Harden had a few seconds of empty space to clown around and do a shimmy. The only problem is Harden missed the shot:

As they said on Shaqtin’ A Fool, that’s a million dollar move and a 10 cent finish.

Sadly for Rubio, that might not be the worst he’s taken from Harden. This crossover in 2015 was pretty bad too.