The Houston Rockets played without James Harden in last night's game against the Orlando Magic, but they managed to win without him. Prior to the victory, he provided Rockets' fans with an update on his injury.
The Rockets defeated the Magic 116-98 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Gerald Green led the team in scoring while their top scorer was out of action, as he scored 27 points. He was closely followed by Clint Capela on 21.
Chris Paul had a solid game for the Rockets as well, pulling the strings with a stat line of eight points, seven rebounds, 13 assists, and two steals. Green praised Paul for helping him get on the scoreboard.
Green said according to ESPN: "Chris (Paul) did a great job of getting me going early. My rhythm felt really good and I was able to knock down shots. Everybody knows we can score, but people underestimate that when we do lock down, we lock down. Today made that point. We held them to 12 points in the first quarter."
Houston has now won two games on the bounce after a five-game losing slide. Harden also provided some news on his injured hamstring on Twitter to make it an all-around good night for Rockets fans.
In his tweet, Harden said that his Grade 2 strain hamstring will continue to get treatment, and he also wished his teammates good luck against the visiting Magic. He said: "About to get the Hammy treated. Going to miss the squad tonight! #Rednation???"
According to reports, Harden's hamstring injury is expected to keep him off the court for the next two weeks, which also means the All-Star will miss the Rockets’ rematch of their season opener against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
This will be a true test for the Rockets to see if they are able to survive and compete against the current NBA Champions without Harden. The game against the Magic was only the third missed by Harden in the last four seasons.
About to get the Hammy treated. Going to miss the squad tonight! #Rednation???
— James Harden (@JHarden13) 3 січня 2018 р.