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Houston Rockets: James Harden out for two games with hamstring injury

By Michael Knight
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The injury bug has hit the Houston Rockets early on in the season. The reigning MVP is now going to miss a couple of games as the team tries to find its identity.

It’s been a rough start to the season for the Houston Rockets, to say the least. Not only are they 1-3 and still trying to figure out some things as a team, but they have also been susceptible to some injuries (and a suspension).

The Rockets are currently dealing with injuries to three of their rotational players. James Ennis and Nene were previously hurt, but now James Harden joins that list.

In a loss to the Utah Jazz last night, James Harden felt some pain in his hamstring. As you may remember, a hamstring injury is what kept the Beard out of seven regular season games a year ago.

Let’s take a look at the severity of the injuries.

James Harden – Left hamstring strain (Grade 1)

Thankfully, this injury could be quite a bit worse. The Rockets have had their fair share of hamstring injuries, and Harden’s will only (fingers crossed) keep him out of two games.

Houston Rockets star James Harden has suffered a Grade 1-plus left hamstring strain and will be re-evaluated next week.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 25, 2018

He is expected to miss the next two regular season games and be back for next Friday against the Nets.

Ennis and Nene

James Ennis suffered the same injury as Harden, just a little worse. He is expected to miss two more games, and we’ll see if he returns around the same time as the Beard.

James Harden has a Grade 1 left hamstring strain & will miss the Rockets’ next two games, per the team. He will be evaluated at that point for upcoming road trip. James Ennis has Grade 2 hamstring strain & will also miss next 2 games. Nene (calf strain) re-evaluated in 2 weeks.

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) October 25, 2018

As for Nene, he’s had a bit of a setback. The backup center for the Rockets has yet to appear in a game for the squad after suffering a calf strain. Like Sam Amick said above, he will be re-evaluated in the next two weeks.

3 takeaways from the loss to the Jazz. Next

Health is a serious factor in the NBA and the Rockets need to get back on track and be 100%. Let’s hope these are the last of the injuries we see for quite some time! Chris Paul will be back with the team for tomorrow’s game as well after serving a two-game suspension.

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