NBA MVP frontrunner James Harden had X-rays recently performed to diagnose a potential issue with his right wrist. That came due to an injury last weekend against the Celtics and had Harden’s playing chances against the Mavs in question.
However, a recent report via ESPN indicates that the Houston Rockets guard received good news as his X-rays came back negative. That mean’s he’s cleared to play in the matchup against the Dallas Mavericks scheduled for Sunday. He currently leads the league in scoring with 36.6 points per game. Harden also leads his team with 7.5 assists per game and grabs 6.5 rebounds a game.
The Rockets’ All-Star initially sustained the wrist injury during his team’s victory against the Boston Celtics last Sunday. Reportedly, Harden aggravated the injury again this past Friday in his team’s win against the Philadelphia 76ers, prompting the team to have X-rays taken.
Harden told the media with regards to how he’ll protect himself from aggravating the issue, he has to “Just try not to fall on it.” Harden said, “when you keep falling on it, it keeps aggravating it,” adding that he’s going to continue “getting treatment on it.”
It’s good news for the Houston Rockets as they continue their recent surge in the standings. Harden and the Rockets are sitting in the third place spot in the Western Conference standings with a record of 40-25. The Rockets are three games behind the No. 2 Denver Nuggets (43-22) and five games back from No. 1 team Golden State (45-20).
The Mavericks are all but out of the playoff picture but are still mathematically in the equation. Their record of 27-38 has them 9.5 games behind the No. 8 San Antonio Spurs. With Dallas featuring a Rookie of the Year favorite in Luka Doncic, each Mavs’ matchup has the potential to be competitive.
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks will tip off beginning at 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Eastern Time). As of this report, Houston is a nine-point favorite to win on the road.