James Harden is taking a beating in the Western Conference semifinals.
Harden went down in the first five minutes of Game 4 between his Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors after taking a shot to the head. He took a pass and cut to the basket for a layup attempt but had it blocked by Kevin Durant.
Durant appeared to have caught Harden’s head, knocking the Rockets star to the floor.
Durant and James Harden shaken up after KD caught Harden in the head with block pic.twitter.com/8yI7pILkWi
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 7, 2019
Durant was holding his right elbow after catching Harden in the head with it, so both players were hurt. Durant removed his elbow sleeve after that.
When the game resumed after a commercial break, Harden was on the floor, so he did not miss any time.
The reigning NBA MVP is already playing with an eye issue that was suffered in Game 2 of the series. Golden State holds a 2-1 series lead.
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.
James Harden went straight to an eye doctor after Rockets’ plane landed in Houston this afternoon. Team is optimistic he won’t have issues with vision in Game 3 and beyond. His left eye, where he has a contusion and cut inside eyelid, especially bothered him in Game 2.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 1, 2019
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.
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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 appears to be having a hard time with the lights… pic.twitter.com/hQeaB6dpIr
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 1, 2019
Harden also had some redness in his eyes.
“I love you 3000” pic.twitter.com/308ycEhmHn
— nick (@nick_pants) May 1, 2019
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.
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.
Oh no. James Harden is down after taking a hit from Draymond… pic.twitter.com/7OzmRLTT0U
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) May 1, 2019
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 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.
Harden was not happy about these close-outs by Klay + CP3 and Mike D'Antoni get techs after a no-call. pic.twitter.com/p1hKXw1DsC
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) April 28, 2019
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.
James Harden: “I just want a fair chance, man. Just call the game the way it’s supposed to be called and we’ll live with the results.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 28, 2019
Many around the league, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Rockets GM Daryl Morey, are wondering whether the league will say calls were missed.
Been working on things since 2006 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/DchJM8vl2l
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 28, 2019
The officials apparently told Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni that they missed calls in the game.
Mike D’Antoni says refs admitted at halftime they missed fouls on Warriors closing out on James Harden. “They missed four of them. That’s 12 foul shots.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 28, 2019
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.
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.
James Harden with a very colorful outfit before the Rockets-Warriors game pic.twitter.com/0u9AfFDTEz
— ESPN (@espn) April 28, 2019
Harden in Oakland reppin every set pic.twitter.com/aLO6lnod4o
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) April 28, 2019
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 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.
Donovan Mitchell drains the and-one three and James Harden and Jae Crowder get into a heated altercation pic.twitter.com/lR7iIQZbCY
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) April 21, 2019
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.