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James Harden | Guard

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
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James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.
He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Dec 20 - 10:45 PM

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James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned.
Dec 20 - 8:49 PM

James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine.
Dec 19 - 12:31 AM

James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good.
Dec 18 - 3:52 AM

James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though.
Dec 14 - 12:11 AM

James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too.
Dec 12 - 2:16 AM

James Harden played through a back injury and had 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on 14-of-27 shooting, but the Rockets fell to the Warriors.

He outshined Stephen Curry (20-7-7) and Klay Thompson (21-4-4) tonight, but the Warriors got the last laugh with their 14th straight game and now sit at a ridiculous 19-2 on the season. The Rockets were 7-1 over their last eight games and were in this game until the end, but weren't able to win it in the end.
Dec 11 - 1:45 AM

James Harden (back) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

This report comes from the team and Harden has said he's playing tonight, as well. The Rockets play the late game, so it couldn't hurt to check back later tonight to make sure everything is still good to go. Harden is going to be extremely busy tonight.
Dec 10 - 3:07 PM

James Harden (back) went through shootaround on Wednesday and is likely a game-time decision against the Warriors.

He did add that he thinks he is good to go. Harden played through his back spasms on Saturday, so the few days off look to have helped him. He could still miss this game with the late start time, so his owners will have to check back. If he's out, it'll be a collective effort from Patrick Beverley, Jason Terry and maybe even Nick Johnson helping out at the guard spots. Again, it sounds like he will play.
Dec 10 - 2:34 PM

James Harden (back spasms) is questionable to play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

If Harden is unable to go, Jason Terry could slide back into the starting lineup, and he'd make for a solid option in daily and standard leagues. Terry is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 3.3 three-pointers per game with the starting unit this year. Stay tuned.
Dec 9 - 2:19 PM

James Harden (back) was spotted wearing a heating pad during Saturday's game.

Harden was very clearly not 100 percent healthy, and the fact he had to wear a heating pad on the bench is an indication that it's not just a minor tweak. "I had a real tight back," Harden said. "It was hard for me to even move. It was hard for me to change directions, and it was hard for me to really move and push off. It was a tough night." The Rockets are off until Wednesday, but Harden's owners will want to monitor his status to be certain he's not in jeopardy of missing any time.
Dec 8 - 11:50 AM

James Harden was dealing with tightness in his back during a 100-95 win on Saturday over the Suns, finishing with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

He did play down the stretch, but it was pretty clear he wasn't 100 percent based on his facial expressions. Harden doesn't have any noteworthy back issues on his medical chart since 2011, so there's no reason to be too concerned just yet. We're expecting him to play on Wednesday against the Warriors.
Dec 7 - 12:28 AM

James Harden scored 38 points on 11-of-17 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line during a 114-112 overtime win against the Wolves, adding four rebounds, six assists and eight turnovers in 37 minutes.

It was all Harden all the time and he's really starting to get hot from the field over his last three. In that span, Harden averaged 31.0 points, 4.7 boards, 5.7 assists, 2.3 steals, 3.0 treys and 0.7 blocks on 61.9 percent from the field. What's more, he had an 81.0 true shooting percentage over that span. He's one of the hottest players in the NBA right now.
Dec 6 - 1:36 AM

James Harden was his usual aggressive self against the Bucks on Saturday during a 117-103 win, making 9-of-14 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line for 34 points with six rebounds, eight assists, four steals, one block and four 4-pointers in 38 minutes.

The Rockets continue to piece everything together around Harden and he's starting to come out of a slump. Harden did only make 38.4 percent from the field over his previous 10 games, but he was able to post a season-high 64.3 percent from the field. For the advanced stats people out there, Harden has just a 40.7 field goal percentage on the season while he's posting a 57.7 true shooting percentage. He's putting up top-five value despite these shooting issues from the field, which is something.
Nov 30 - 1:17 AM

James Harden scores 16 points vs. the Clippers during a 102-85 loss on Friday with four rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and five turnovers.

He really needs some help. Isaiah Canaan (ankle) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) are not going to play while Dwight Howard (knee) is highly doubtful for Saturday. The Clippers threw some wild defensive strategy at Harden tonight and that's probably going to continue. That said, it doesn't matter and Harden should put up huge numbers.
Nov 29 - 12:54 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
4Alexey Shved
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Joey Dorsey
4Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard
2Tarik Black