James Harden played poorly in game four against the Thunder, and that can reportedly be attributed to a rolled ankle.
In the postgame interview immediately following game four, James Harden of the Houston Rockets revealed to ESPN’s Lisa Salters that he played with a rolled ankle. He didn’t look to be in pain, and cited that he didn’t like making excuses. It clearly bothered him though, enough to limit his scoring output by about 20 points compared to his postseason average this year.
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Andre Roberson did a great job guarding Harden during game four, but he can’t take all the credit. The Beard said that he wasn’t able to have the same explosiveness that he normally uses to blow by defenders.
If James Harden wants to rest his ankle much, he’ll have to wait until after game five to do so. The Rockets have a chance to close out the series against the Thunder on Tuesday, but that won’t happen without their leader. Even despite his poor shooting in game four, his clutch play down the stretch gave Houston the necessary push to win the game.
If the Rockets can take care of business at the Toyota Center, Harden will have about a week to get fully healthy again before the second round begins.
Hopefully, the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies continue to play physical, exhausting basketball in their round one series. It would be great for James Harden and the Rockets to have the upper hand going into round two.