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Houston Rockets: Who needs to step up without James Harden?

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Houston Rockets superstar James Harden will miss at least two weeks with a strained hamstring. Who needs to step up in his absence?

In case you haven’t heard the unfortunate news by now, here it is: James Harden will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

This injury comes as such a surprise because Harden rarely gets hurt. Since the 2014-15 season, Harden has played in all but two games, and he has appeared in every matchup this season.

According to the Houston Texans’ team physician Dr. Walter Lowe, Harden could be out for up to four to six weeks, via the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.

“It’s not a quick return at all. We use PRP these days, that’s platelet rich plasma. You spin down blood, take platelets that have a bunch of healing factors in them. We use drugs orally that prevent fibrosis and scarring and all of that helps a lot. But the fast ones are two to three weeks and the slow ones of the Grade 2s are four to six weeks.

The good news for Houston is that all of the rotational players are healthy except for Luc Mbah a Moute, who should be making his return soon. Harden is one of the elite players in the NBA, and he is leading the league in scoring at 32.3 points per game.

The Rockets obviously can’t replace Harden with an individual player, so it will require a team effort to fill the void. Lets examine a few players that will have to step up in lieu of James Harden’s injury.

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