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James Harden | Guard | #13

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / OKC
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James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.
Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5. Apr 23 - 6:58 PM

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James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 22 - 12:27 AM

James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least.
Apr 19 - 10:59 PM

James Harden finished Sunday's blowout Game 1 victory with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-28 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Harden went 3-of-11 from downtown, but as usual he was unstoppable when attacking the rim -- his first eight makes all came in the restricted area. He also torched the Thunder in isolation sets because they insisted on switching big men in screen-and-rolls, which left Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Taj Gibson defending him on the perimeter. Harden has been impervious to most defensive schemes this season, but OKC will likely tweak their approach for Wednesday's rematch -- just watch the video linked below.
Apr 17 - 12:34 AM

James Harden turned in his 22nd triple-double in a 123-118 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

Basically, Harden feels like you can rest when his season is over. Harden is the only player ever to score more than 2,000 points, hand out at least 900 dimes and pull down at least 600 boards in a season. Those stats made him the No. 1 player for eight-category leagues. It'll be a battle of MVP candidates with Harden against Russell Westbrook. Make sure you clear your schedule for Sunday night.
Apr 13 - 12:54 AM

James Harden notched another triple-double on Sunday with 35 points, 15 assists, 11 rebounds, five 3-pointers and one steal, making 9-of-22 FGs and 12-of-13 FTs.

Harden added one steal in 36 minutes of action, but he also coughed up 10 turnovers to the detriment of his 9-cat owners. Mike D'Antoni said he might limit the playing time for his main rotation players on Monday vs. the Clippers, so Harden's owners should brace themselves for a statistical drop-off.
Apr 9 - 9:08 PM

James Harden scored 33 points during a 114-109 loss to the Pistons on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, one block and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He didn't have much help in this game, but it won't cost the Rockets in the standings. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he is planning to play Harden in the rest of the games this season, but he could cut back his minutes -- he played 38 minutes today. His fantasy owners look like they'll be getting 81 games out of him this season.
Apr 8 - 12:08 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden and Pat Beverley will play every game as long as they are healthy.

There are no more practice days scheduled for these two, so they want to get as many reps on the court before the postseason. This is obviously music to the ears of Harden's fantasy owners as he tries to make his MVP case with 81 games. Although, D'Antoni said he is going to try to reduce some of the starters' minutes.
Apr 7 - 6:25 PM

James Harden racked up 31 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three blocks on Wednesday, as the Rockets clinched the No. 3 seed in the West.

Harden scored 15 of his team's final 17 points tonight, interrupted only by a pair of free throws from Eric Gordon at the 24-second mark. He returned from an illness-induced absence tonight, and it's hard to make a case against him as league MVP. The Rockets are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West, which could yield an explosive first-round matchup vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Apr 6 - 12:21 AM

James Harden (illness) and Trevor Ariza (personal) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Harden and Ariza didn't play Sunday, but it's just going to be a one-game absence for both these guys. With Harden and Ariza back in action, Eric Gordon will shift to the second unit, and Patrick Beverley won't be quite as involved offensively. Joining Harden and Ariza in the starting five will be Beverley, Troy Williams and Clint Capela, which will be Houston's 13th different starting lineup this season.

James Harden (illness) and Trevor Ariza (personal) were both present during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

Harden was forced to the sidelines on Sunday due to an illness, while Ariza didn't play due to a death in his family, but it looks like both these guys are on track to get back on the court tonight. Assuming they both play, Troy Williams will likely see his minutes dip to the 20s, and there won't be quite as much opportunity on the offensive end for Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon.

James Harden (illness) has been ruled out vs. Phoenix on Sunday.

Trevor Ariza has already been ruled out for personal reasons, so the Rockets will be leaning heavily on guys like Lou Williams and Eric Gordon for offense. Ryan Anderson (ankle) is also out and there will be tons of usage available, making any go-to scoring option a viable target in DFS tonight.

James Harden (illness) is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

He has "flu-like symptoms" and is in danger of missing his first game of the season -- it doesn't help that the Rockets have already listed Troy Williams as the starter in his place. There's also a chance that the Rockets are simply resting him so his ailing wrist can heal up. With Trevor Ariza (personal) out, Lou Williams, Eric gordon and Patrick Beverley all look like strong plays on Sunday, while Sam Dekker looks like a punt option in DFS.
Apr 2 - 1:48 PM

James Harden admitted that he is feeling pain in his left wrist, but reiterated that he wants to play in all 82 games this season.

The USA Today article linked below argues that Harden should rest, especially with the Rockets locked into the third seed. It notes that in the 70 games prior to the wrist injury, Harden was shooting 44.6 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from 3-point territory; while in the six games since, Harden is shooting 39.0 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from downtown. "He really, really wants to play," coach Mike D’Antoni said. "And whatever he wants to do, I’m ok with."
Source: USA Today
Apr 1 - 12:37 PM

James Harden made 4-of-18 from the field for 17 points during a 107-98 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

The Warriors put Draymond Green on Harden a ton during this game and that was key to limiting. Green also hit Harden's left forearm, and also Matt Barnes gave Harden a hard screen to his left shoulder. These issues on top of his lingering left wrist issue has made Harden as banged up as he has been all year -- he did not have his left wrist taped during this game. Harden has said it matters to play 82 games in an MVP candidacy, so he should be playing on Sunday against the Suns. Isaiah Thomas also passed Harden for No. 2 on the NBA's points per game leaderboard.
Apr 1 - 2:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1James Harden
2Lou Williams
3Bobby Brown
4Isaiah Taylor
SG1Patrick Beverley
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Sam Dekker
3Troy Williams
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Montrezl Harrell
3Kyle Wiltjer
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku